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Graduate teaching assistants honored by Seven Society

Seven Society logo Twelve graduate teaching assistants were honored April 22 at the Rotunda at the seventh annual Seven Society Awards Banquet. All were finalists for the Seven Society Graduate Fellowship for Superb Teaching, a $7,000 award made possible by the philanthropic society to recognize teaching assistants who embody the highest ideals of teaching at the University: dedication to students, substantial knowledge of the subject matter and skill in conveying passion for that knowledge.

Unlike other teaching awards, nominations for the Seven Society Fellowship are made solely by students, and the finalists are selected by four students who serve on a committee coordinated by the Teaching Resource

The winner of the Seven Society Graduate Fellowship for Superb Teaching, an-
nounced at the banquet, was Justin David Gifford of the English department.
Also awarded at the banquet were two $5,000 fellowships for superior teaching.

The winner of the Dr. Frank Finger Graduate Fellowship was Edward H. Kim Song of the philosophy department. The fellowship, funded by a gift of J. Huston McCollough II in honor of the late psychology professor Frank Finger, is awarded each year to a teaching assistant from the College of Arts & Sciences, in recognition of stimulating and organized classroom teaching.

The winner of the Class of 1985 Graduate Fellowship for Creative Teaching was Sue Ann McCarty of the anthropology department. The fellowship is funded through the Alumni Association and honors a particularly creative teaching assistant from anywhere in the University.

Nine other honorees and finalists received a $1,000 honorarium, funded through Arts & Sciences. Their names and departments are as follows:

Sandy Alexandre, English

Daniela L. Bell, biology

Elizabeth Dunn, psychology

Jason Goldsmith, English

Benjamin D. Mitchell, politics

Christopher McKnight Nichols, history

Candice L. Odgers, psychology

Andrea R. Stevens, English

Amy Wentworth, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

The selection committee was chaired by Dorothe Bach, assistant professor and faculty consultant of the Teaching Resource Center.


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