Tracy Spinrad

2023 Provost Teaching Award


T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics

Spinrad is a professor in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, where she has brought her passion for the science of human development to her work with students both in and out of the classroom. Over her 25 years at ASU, Spinrad estimates that she has taught almost 4,000 students, and mentored countless others in their research endeavors. Spinrad frequently partners with organizations that enable students to make a meaningful impact in the community through engaging, hands-on learning opportunities in infant and toddler development, both in and out of the classroom. Students have commented on her clear commitment to inclusive excellence, focusing her scholarship and mentoring of student research on children’s compassion and concern toward racial -in and -out groups, and ensuring that she underscores the work of scholars who have been otherwise “hidden” due to their marginalized identities in her courses. These efforts, coupled with her intentional work to learn the names of every student in her classes, further demonstrate her dedication to supporting student belonging at ASU. Spinrad has been previously honored with the ASU Faculty Women’s Association Outstanding Mentor Award in 2020 and the Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015, further highlighting her commitment to student success both in and out of the classroom.


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