Na Zuo awarded Gerald J Swanson Prize

April 18, 2022


The Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics congratulates Dr. Na Zuo for being a 2022 recipient of The Gerald J. Swanson Prize for Teaching Excellence. The award recognizes Dr. Zuo's strong commitments to excellence, innovation, and effectiveness in undergraduate teaching and learning. Dr. Zuo is among the 22 faculty members who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the University of Arizona in 2022, and one of the seven awardees in the Teaching Awards. 

We are thrilled for Dr. Zuo to receive this recognition for her continued dedication with and for UArizona students. Dr. Zuo was previously awarded the 2020 Bart Cardon Early Career Faculty Teaching Award for the College of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences.  See Dr. Zuo's teaching philosophy here.  Read the CALES May 2022 published news story for Dr. Na Zuo's award here.

"The Purpose for the Prize: 

The Gerald J. Swanson Prize for Teaching Excellence is designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University of Arizona.

Nomination Process:

The Office of the Provost will solicit one nominee annually from each college. Anyone at the university may submit a nomination (faculty, staff, and current students). The Dean of the college where the nominee teaches will choose one nominee from their college to recommend to the Provost. The university will present four to five awards annually. 


The Prize was created through a gift from the Thomas R. Brown Foundation in honor of Gerald J. Swanson, University of Arizona Professor Emeritus. Throughout his more than 40 years at UA, Dr. Swanson's introductory economics course was legendary--a "must take" course for business and non-business majors alike. Each semester, students on the course waiting list lined up outside Gerry's office to plead their case for admission to his class. At the course's conclusion, it was not unusual for students to give Gerry a standing ovation. Professor Swanson's talent for teaching was unparalleled, won every available award at the University of Arizona, and thousands of UA alumni still recall their college economics course fondly because he taught it so well."