- W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service (1995)
- Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award (1983)
Professor Ackerman is trained in the history, religion and literature of ancient Israel within their larger Near Eastern cultural contexts. While at IU, he has developed a special interest in literary analysis of biblical texts. Recent publications include articles on the books of Numbers and Jonah (in the Alter-Kermode Literary Guide to the Bible), 2 Samuel (Journal of Biblical Literature, 1990), and 1 Samuel (Prooftexts, 1991); and a current research project involves a study of the differing earliest versions of Samuel, attempting to trace how a written text gradually evolves into its final form. Professor Ackerman is also writing a monograph on the wilderness narratives in Exodus and Numbers. Though retired, Professor Ackerman continues to teach the Wells Scholars spring semester seminar: "The Book of Genesis and its Reworking in Western Culture."