Monday, April 29, 2019

The University of Iowa Council on Teaching has named 29 teaching assistants as recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. These awards have been given annually since 1988 to a select group of graduate teaching assistants who have effectively promoted learning and creativity both inside and outside of the classroom and also have demonstrated enthusiasm and dedication to student success.

This year’s recipients are teaching assistants who taught for at least one semester during the spring, summer, or fall of 2018. Nominations for the awards were sought from undergraduate students, faculty, colleagues, departmental executive officers, and deans. Each awardee receives a certificate as well as $1,000. They will be honored at a reception on May 2.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Amanda J. Adams, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Curtis Balz, Mathematics
  • Aiden Bettine, History
  • Laura Brown, Philosophy
  • Maria L. Capecchi, English
  • Caroline M. Cheung, Rhetoric
  • Ann DeVault, Teaching and Learning
  • Hannah Wommack Espy, Sociology
  • Alisa Fairweather, Chemistry 
  • Matthew Helm, Rhetoric
  • Paul Samuel Padasas Ignacio, Mathematics
  • Elizabeth Jasper, Epidemiology
  • Courtney L. Juelich, Political Science
  • Steven Patrick Keehner, Anthropology
  • Melanie King, Mathematics
  • Farhan Lakhany, Philosophy
  • Kate Lechtenberg, Teaching and Learning
  • Maddison L. McGann, Rhetoric
  • Pake Melland, Mathematics
  • Tina N. Mihm, Chemistry
  • Amrei Oswald, Mathematics
  • Daniel L. Parr IV,Chemistry
  • Anna Reisetter, Biostatistics
  • Kelli A. Rushek, Teaching and Learning
  • Avik Samanta, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jonathan Schacherer, Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Roberto C. Toro-Rodriguez, Mathematics
  • Rajinda S. Wickrama, Mathematics
  • Adam Wood, Mathematics

More information about the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award can be found on the Council on Teaching website.