Graduate Teaching Assistants Honored By Seven Society
21, 2000 -- Twelve
graduate teaching assistants from throughout the University of Virginia
were honored Thursday, April 20, at the Rotunda during the fourth
annual Seven Society Awards Banquet.
teaching assistants were 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. Unlike other teaching awards
which are based on departmental or faculty recommendations, nominations
for the Seven Society Fellowship are made solely by former students.
The 2000 award, announced at the banquet, went to Dona Yarbrough
of the Department of English.
winner of the 2000 Dr. Frank Finger Graduate Fellowship also was
announced at the banquet. Funded by a gift of J. Huston McCollough
II in honor of Dr. Frank Finger, Alumni Professor of Psychology
Emeritus, this 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 2000 fellowship went to Supriya Jaiswal of the Department
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
Samantha Wittchen and Arts and Sciences student representatives
Robert Crow, Melissa Epperly and Jean Zachariasiewicz. Faculty members
included architecture associate professor Lisa Reilly, mathematics
assistant professor Jeffrey Holt, and Carol Hurney and Jann Lacoss
of the Teaching Resource Center.
"The 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 12 teaching assistants could receive certificates
and only one could win the $7,000 award, "the nomination process
has produced a plethora of true winnersteaching assistants
who have made a difference in students lives," she 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 Jaiswal and Yarbrough, included:
Bart (Department of English)
Karlyn Crowley (Department of English)
Ellen Daugherty (Department of Art History)
Hugh Dornan (Department of Classics)
John Frotzheim (Department of Government and Foreign Affairs)
Jessica Howell (Department of Economics)
Darby Morrisroe (Department of Government and Foreign Affairs)
E. William Murad (Department of Classics)
Kimberley Roberts (Department of English)
Todd Williams (Department of Mathematics)
additional information about the award please contact Jann Lacoss
at the Teaching Resource Center at (804) 982-2815.
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856