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Linda Shadiow

Honoring Nominees for the 2010 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards

           The Graduate College is pleased to announce that three graduate students have been named Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistants for 2010. Kateryna Boyce (Psychology), Emily Manone (Spanish), and Janelle Runberg (Biology) will receive their awards at the annual Graduate College Recognition Reception.

           Graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the recognition reception on April 26, 4-5 pm, in the Grand Canyon Room of the University Union. The recognition program will begin at 4:30 p.m. Award nominees, graduate student leaders, graduate students who have had sustained participation in the graduate student professional development program, and members of the university’s graduate committee will also be recognized. Please RSVP by calling the Faculty Development Program registration line at (928) 523-9972 by 4 p.m. on April 23.

            This is the third year of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award program. Graduate teaching assistants make high-quality contributions to the instruction in classrooms and labs across campus. Recognizing award recipients and nominees enables us to honor those contributions.

            Kateryna Boyce works with faculty in the psychology department in support of undergraduate classes. Faculty describe her as someone who cares deeply about student learning and whose obvious support has been key to their success. As a teaching assistant in classrooms and labs, Ms. Boyce says, she tries to convey “committed interest in both the material being represented as well as in each student’s success.”

            Emily Manone works with students in introductory Spanish classes. Faculty consider her a creative and resourceful teacher who involves all her students in the learning experience. One of the hallmarks of her own approach to working with undergraduates, Ms. Manone says, is to maximize their learning, understanding, and acquisition of the material by modeling “motivation, passion, and challenge.”

            Janelle Runberg, a teaching assistant in the Biology 181 lab, is lauded by faculty as someone able to explain complex material at a level students can understand. In writing about her teaching, Ms. Runberg says, “I have great enthusiasm for biology.” She wants her students to know that “their instructor, while demanding, wants them to be able to function and achieve a high level of success in science.”

            Award nominees included Andrew Allen, chemistry; David Cain, creative writing; Rachel Constance, history; Samuel Gilmore, chemistry; Martin Kalb, history; Cui Lang, applied linguistics; Laura Merino, Spanish; Don Miller, applied linguistics; Amanda Smith, applied criminology; and Lydia Wielgus, applied criminology. Congratulations and thanks to you all for your exceptional skills and dedication in the classroom!

—Linda Shadiow, Faculty Development Program director