Teaching assistants are highly valued members of the Washington University instructional team, whether assisting faculty in the preparation, instruction and grading of an undergraduate course; tutoring undergraduates; or monitoring a laboratory in an undergraduate course.
Each spring, the dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences recognizes outstanding teaching assistants who have been nominated by a department or a program.
This year, 18 graduate students received 15 Dean’s Awards for Teaching Excellence. A ceremony was held April 19 in the Women's Building Formal Lounge.
Richard J. Smith, PhD, dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and the Ralph E. Morrow Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences, presented each award recipient with a certificate of recognition and a $1,500 cash prize.
Below is a list of the award recipients, the departments or programs that nominated them if available, and their area of study:
- Clarissa Cagnato, Steven Goldstein, Lynne Rouse in anthropology;
- Emily Cohen-Shikora, psychology;
- Sara Jay, nominated by International & Area Studies, degree program is history;
- Manelle Andia Augustin, Romance languages and literatures;
- Cailin Copan-Kelly, nominated by Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, degree program is English;
- Matthew Fluharty, English;
- Sarah Hillenbrand, Germanic languages and literatures;
- Nicholas Holtgrewe, chemistry;
- Lisa Lillie, history;
- Chun-Yu Lu, nominated by East Asian Languages and Cultures, degree program is comparative literature;
- Sarah McGavran, art history;
- Christopher Orth, earth and planetary sciences;
- Joshua D. Potter, political science;
- Jordan Teisher, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences;
- Aysegul Turan, comparative literature; and
- Corey Twitchell, nominated by Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, degree program is German.