Graduate Teaching Assistants Honored By Seven Society
22, 1999 -- Eleven graduate teaching assistants from
throughout the University of Virginia were honored April 21 at the
Rotunda during the Third Annual Seven Society Awards Banquet.
teaching assistants are among the finalists for the Seven Society
Graduate Fellowship for Superb Teaching, a $7,000 award initiated
by the Seven Society to recognize a graduate teaching assistant
who embodies 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. The 1999 award, announced
at the banquet, went to Amy Feely of the Department of History.
winner of the 1999 Dr. Frank Finger Graduate Fellowship also was
announced at the banquet. Funded by a bequest of J. Huston McCollough
III in honor of Frank Finger, emeritus professor of psychology,
the fellowship for $4,000 is awarded each year to a graduate teaching
assistant from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, in recognition
of stimulating and organized classroom teaching. The 1999 fellowship
went to Michael Thomas of the Department of Religious Studies.
other teaching awards which are based on departmental or faculty
recommendations, nominations for the Seven Society Fellowship are
made solely by former students. Nearly 100 undergraduates from throughout
the various schools of the University responded to the call for
nominations, writing lengthy letters via e-mail detailing why their
TA was most deserving of this award.
involvement continued into the selection process as four students
served on the selection committee. These included Engineering student
Patrick Hickie and Arts and Sciences student representatives Jan
Dodoo, Chris Slack, and Jovita Brantley. Faculty members included
associate professors Dean Harman of Chemistry (chair of the selection
committee) and Lisa Reilly of Architecture; assistant dean Paxton
Marshall of Engineering; and Jann Lacoss, faculty consultant at
the Teaching Resource Center.
decisions of the committee were difficult, given the high standards
set by the finalists," said Lacoss. "The nominees for this award
exemplify outstanding teaching at the University. They have quite
obviously had a great impact on undergraduates and are all worthy
of recognition for their accomplishments."
the fact that only 11 teaching assistants could receive certificates
and only one won the $7,000 monetary award, the nomination process
has produced a plethora of true winners -- teaching assistants who
have made a difference in students' lives, Lacoss said. "The quality
and quantity of nominations received from students is a testament
to the excellence of teaching assistants at the University."
honored, in addition to Feely and Thomas, included:
Buckley (Department of Anthropology)
Froitzheim (Department of Government and Foreign Affairs)
Guihard (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Department
of Materials Science)
Hand (Department of History)
Kilbane (Curry School of Education, Department of Leadership, Foundations,
Klunk (Department of Economics)
Lye (Department of Religious Studies)
Martella (Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese)
Teti (Department of Philosophy)
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856.