May 19, 2010
UI names Outstanding Teaching Assistants
The University of Iowa has named 30 teaching assistants the winners of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards for 2009-10. Winners receive a certificate of achievement and $1,000. They were honored at an award reception May 6.
Jill Beckman, chair of the Council on Teaching, thanked the award-winning teaching assistants for their dedication to undergraduate teaching and for their outstanding service to the university.
“Honoring these outstanding TAs is one of our council’s most important responsibilities,” Beckman said. “Excellent teaching in the undergraduate classroom is central to the university’s mission, and teaching assistants are so important to that. They make a huge difference, both to the success of the university and in the lives of the undergraduates they teach.”
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Beth Ingram said that graduate students’ engagement in research and creative activity enhances their undergraduate teaching.
“Graduate students are actively contributing to the body of knowledge in their own academic programs,” Ingram said. “These outstanding TAs have brought that passion and energy to the undergraduate classroom, and that translates to exciting learning experiences for the 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 2009. Nominations for the awards are sought from students, faculty, colleagues, departmental officers and deans.
The 2009-10 Outstanding Teaching Assistants are:
Tippie College of Business
Management and Organizations: Tamara Lynn Giluk
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Anthropology: Lavanya Murali Proctor
College of Public Health
Biostatistics: Eric D. Foster
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