About the UWAA


The Distinguished Teaching Legacy Award recognizes the UW teachers who inspired and influenced their students long after they left their classroom.

Nominators must have taken at least one class from the nominee, although consideration is also given to interactions outside of the classroom. The DTLA is part of the University’s annual Awards of Excellence celebration.

Portrait: DTLA recipient Kenneth Sirotnik2022. Kenneth Sirotnik. The best educators don’t just teach in the moment. Their words and discoveries sit in the minds of their students, waiting to be unpacked years or even decades later. Such was the impact of College of Education Professor Emeritus Ken Sirotnik. “Those who were committed to creating change always had a friend in Ken,” says nominator Andrew Grzadzielewski, ’05, “Especially when the going got tough. Knowing that Ken was rooting for you made a tough job a little easier.”

Past DTLA Recipients

Selection criteria

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