- He received the Dr. Jennifer Wilson Teaching Excellence Award, which acknowledges the significant contributions of a classroom teacher, literacy leader or teacher educator who has positively impacted middle-level teaching excellence in the state.
- Vawter has been at Winthrop since 1998.
Winthrop University, "College of Education's David Vawter Recognized for Teaching Excellence" (2017). Winthrop News 2017. 50.