The Walter J. Gores Awards are the university's highest teaching honor. They are named for Professor Walter J. Gores, a member of the Stanford Class of 1917 who became a professor of design at the University of Michigan.
Stephen Hong Sohn, assistant professor of English, was honored "for his intellectual generosity, encouraging and guiding graduate students as they develop their ideas and grow as scholars."
The award cited Sohn "for his enthusiastic support of student initiatives and projects, such as Oceanic Tongues, the new literary journal and writers’ workshop on Asian American topics, which have built community among students."
Sohn also was honored "for fostering a classroom dynamic among students from a wide spectrum of backgrounds and interests that invites intellectual debate, respect and camaraderie" and "for his inspired teaching and passionate engagement, which have led students to develop a deeper understanding of diversity."