Christopher T. Lewis, assistant professor of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies in the
Department of World Languages & Cultures, has been awarded the University of Utah’s
Early Career Teaching Award, which recognizes significant contributions to teaching
at the university through new and innovative teaching methods.
The selection committee expressed admiration for the scope of Prof. Lewis’s courses
as well as his creative pedagogical approaches. Students likewise have praised his
expertise and methods in conveying the universality of literature to the human experience.
One student wrote that Prof. Lewis “makes you explore the uncomfortable and the unthinkable
and then you have to turn around and see how it all fits into the culture and world
around you. It is an eye opener and a true growing opportunity as a student.” Others
consistently single out his thoughtful organization, productive feedback, and ability
to help students live up to his high expectations as reasons that his courses rank
among the university’s best.
In 2018, Prof. Lewis was the winner of the Ramona W. Cannon Award, which has been
awarded since 1976 to a professor who exemplifies outstanding contributions to the
teaching of the humanities at the University of Utah. In 2016, he was distinguished
with the Junior Faculty Teaching Award from the national Consortium of Latin American
Studies, which is given annually to one pre-tenure university professor from across
all fields in Latin American Studies for “outstanding pedagogy, mentoring success,
community involvement, and incorporation of research into the classroom experience.”
Prof. Lewis holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Romance Languages & Literatures
with an emphasis in Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Literatures. He joined the faculty
of the University of Utah in 2012, where he directs the Portuguese & Brazilian Studies
program and sits on the Faculty Advisory Board for the Center for Latin American Studies.
Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Portuguese at the United States Military
Academy at West Point. He has also taught at Middlebury College and Harvard University,
where he was the recipient of the Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in the Teaching