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LBC’s Jennifer Doherty and Kirtimaan Mohan receive MSU Teacher-Scholar Awards during All-University Awards Ceremony

April 30, 2024

LBC’s Jennifer Doherty and Kirtimaan Mohan received MSU Teacher-Scholar Awards during the All-University Awards Ceremony on May 1.

Teacher-Scholar Awards are presented to Michigan State University early-career faculty who have earned the respect of their students and colleagues for their devotion to and skill in teaching, and whose instruction is linked to and informed by their research and creative activities. Up to six awards, supported by the Office of University Development, are given annually. 

LBC’s Jennifer Doherty and Kirtimaan Mohan received 2 of the 6 awards this year. The All-University Awards Ceremony, which honors MSU faculty, academic specialists, and graduate students, was held on Wednesday, May 1, at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. 


Jennifer DohertyJennifer Doherty teaches LBC introductory biology and is a physiology education researcher in LBC and the Department of Physiology. She received a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and joined the LBC faculty in August 2022. Her lab investigates how students develop principle-based mechanistic reasoning in physiology and works to coherently link students’ developing reasoning, data from learning assessments, and innovative instructional tools and approaches. 


Kirtimaan Mohan teaches LBC introductory physics and is a theoretical physicist in LBCKirtimaan Mohan and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Mohan completed his doctoral studies in particle physics at the Indian Institute of Science in 2014, after which he joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at MSU as a postdoctoral researcher and joined the LBC faculty in August 2022. His primary research interests are in new physics beyond the Standard Model, dark matter and collider phenomenology.

LBC Dean Kendra Spence Cheruvelil says, “We are immensely proud of Dr. Doherty and Dr. Mohan’s commitment to scholarly teaching and improving student learning. Early-career faculty have many competing priorities, and this award demonstrates the dedication these teacher-scholars have to their students as well as their disciplines. These awards exemplify the Lyman Briggs College ethos that values both teaching and research, and these two early-career faculty exemplify that ethos.”  

Other 2023-24 Teacher-Scholar award recipients include:  

  • Yvonne Lam, College of Music  
  • Andrew J. Olive, Microbiology, Genetics, and Immunology, College of Osteopathic Medicine  
  • Linda Sayed, James Madison College  
  • Sitara Thobani, The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities 

Article reworked from MSUToday. 

Assistant Dean Niki Rudolph, Kirtimaan Mohan, Jennifer Doherty, and Dean Kendra Spence Cheruvelil at the All-University Awards
Assistant Dean Rudolph, Kirtimaan Mohan,Jennifer Doherty and Dean Cheruvelil at 2024 All-University Awards