Society Honors Graduate Teaching Assistants
26, 2001-- Thirteen graduate teaching assistants
from the University of Virginia were honored Wednesday, April 25,
at the Rotunda during the fifth annual Seven Society Awards Banquet
to honor outstanding teaching.
TAs all were finalists for the Seven Society Graduate Fellowship
for Superb Teaching, a $7,000 award given by the U.Va. philanthropic
society. The award recognizes a 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.
teaching awards based on departmental or faculty recommendations,
former students nominate TAs for the Seven Society fellowship. Four
undergraduate students also served on the selection committee.
Erickson of the Department of Government & Foreign Affairs
received the 2001 Seven Society Fellowship.
Kehler of the Department of Drama was named winner of the 2001
Dr. Frank Finger Graduate Fellowship, also announced at the banquet.
Funded by a gift of J. Huston
II in honor of Dr. Frank Finger, Alumni Professor of Psychology,
the $4,500 fellowship is awarded each year to a graduate teaching
assistant from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, in recognition
of stimulating and organized classroom teaching.
decisions of the committee were difficult, given the high standards
set by the finalists," said award coordinator Jann Lacoss,
faculty consultant at U.Va.s Teaching Resource Center. "The
nominees all exemplify outstanding teaching at the University. They
have had a great impact on undergraduates and are all worthy of
highest recognition for their accomplishments."
other finalists honored at the banquet were:
Brelinski, Department of Classics
Celeste Delgado-Librero, Department of Spanish, Italian, &
Dempsey, Department of Chemical Engineering
Drogula, Department of History
Goldfeder, Department of Government & Foreign Affairs
Higginbottom, Department of Math
Huang, Department of Physics
Martella, Department of Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese
Powers, Department of Classics
Schoen, Department of History
Worozbyt, Department of Sociology
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856