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May 2, 2007

UI Names Outstanding Teaching Assistants

The University of Iowa has named 25 teaching assistants the winners of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards for 2006-07. Winners receive a certificate of achievement and $1,000. They will be honored at an award reception on Thursday, May 3.

Mark Young, chair of the Council on Teaching, says the award is the University's expression of gratitude for the teaching assistants' dedication to undergraduate teaching and for their outstanding service to the university.

"Teaching assistants are at the critical interface between students and the curriculum," Young says. "They dictate much about how students perceive the learning experience. Their contributions cannot be overemphasized."

Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Tom Rocklin agrees. "These graduate students are actively engaged in the discovery of new knowledge and in the creative process," Rocklin says. "That translates into very special learning experiences for the undergraduate students they teach."

The Council on Teaching has presented the awards each year since 1988. The awardees are teaching assistants who taught for at least one semester during the spring, summer, or fall of 2006. Nominations for the awards are sought from students, faculty, colleagues, departmental officers, and deans.

The 2006-07 Outstanding Teaching Assistants are:

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Chemistry: Timothy Paschkewitz
  • Cinema and Comparative Literature: Linda Y. Mokdad
  • Classics: Mark Thorne
  • English: Kathryn Henderson
  • English - Non-Fiction Writing: Elizabeth R. Cowan
  • English - Non-Fiction Writing: Rossina Zamora Liu
  • German: Erin Beesley
  • History: Anita Talsma Gaul
  • Journalism & Mass Communication: Joshua Grimm
  • Journalism & Mass Communication: Joseph Schwartz
  • Mathematics: Lucas Bennett
  • Mathematics: William G. Hager
  • Mathematics: Colin B. P. McKinney
  • Mathematics: Theodore J. Wendt
  • Philosophy: Amber Griffioen
  • Philosophy: Peter LeGrant
  • Political Science: Karleen A. Jones
  • Religious Studies: Jordan J. Copeland
  • Rhetoric: Jennifer M. Ambrose
  • Rhetoric: Nicholas Kowalczyk
  • Rhetoric: Elizabeth B. Loyd
  • Sociology: Amit Kapoor

Tippie College of Business

  • Economics: Timothy P. Hubbard

College of Engineering

  • Electrical Engineering: Hudson Ludvigson

College of Pharmacy

  • Pharmacy: Amber M. Goedken

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