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Graduate Teaching Assistants Are Honored By Seven Society

April 23, 2003 -- Twelve graduate teaching assistants from the University of Virginia were honored Tuesday, 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 based on departmental or faculty recommendations, nominations for the Seven Society Fellowship are made solely by students. Nearly 150 undergraduates from throughout the various schools of the University submitted letters detailing why their teaching assistant was most deserving of the award. Undergraduate involvement continued into the selection process as four students served on the selection committee, coordinated by the Teaching Resource Center.

The winner of the Seven Society Graduate Fellowship for Superb Teaching, announced 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 Douglas 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.

Contact: Dorothe Bach, (434) 982-2815

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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