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Eleven A&S faculty members and graduate students recognized for excellence in teaching

Dec. 19, 2018, 2:45 PM
2018 Awardees
2018 Awardees, pictured with Dean Christie-Mizell, Dean Wright, and Dean Geer
Back row, L to R: Leah Lowe, Joel Rodrigue, Steven Townsend, Richard Blackett, Adriane Seiffert, Alexander Maier, Dean John Geer 
Front row, L to R: Dean André Christie-Mizell, Sheahan G. Virgin, Lauren Mitchell, Caitlyn Kirby, Maria Paz Pintané, Dean David Wright 
Not pictured: Sophia Clark 
Photo credit: Joe Howell

On December 4, the College of Arts and Science recognized eleven outstanding faculty members and graduate students for excellence in teaching, advising, and mentoring. These awards are an important part of the Arts and Science tradition, and past recipients include some of the most distinguished and beloved professors, instructors, and mentors in the history of Vanderbilt.

The College of Arts and Science proudly congratulates the 2018 award recipients:

  • Richard Blackett, Andrew Jackson Professor of History, Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring
  • Sophia Clark, Ph.D. candidate in the German Studies program, Award for Excellence in Teaching in a World Language
  • Caitlyn Kirby, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, Outstanding Graduate Student Lab Instructor Award
  • Leah Lowe, associate professor of theatre directing and dramaturgy, Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (Humanities)
  • Alexander Maier, assistant professor of psychology and assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching
  • Lauren Mitchell, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English, Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award
  • Maria Paz Pintané, senior lecturer of Spanish, Ernest A. Jones Faculty Advisor Award
  • Joel Rodrigue, associate professor of economics, Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (Social Science)
  • Adriane Seiffert, senior lecturer and research assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Harriet S. Gilliam Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer
  • Steven Townsend, assistant professor of chemistry, Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (Natural Science)
  • Sheahan G. Virgin, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
The Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring recognizes distinguished mentoring of graduate students by the faculty. It is granted to a faculty member who guides his or her students toward a high degree of professional accomplishment in their field of study.
The Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching recognizes distinguished teaching of graduate students by the faculty. The recipient is selected based upon evaluation of student testimonials, course evaluations, and the faculty member’s own statement of teaching philosophy.

The Award for Excellence in Teaching in a World Language recognizes excellence in foreign language teaching. It is granted to a graduate student with full responsibility for language classes.

The Ernest A. Jones Faculty Advisor Award honors a faculty member for dedication to undergraduate advising.

The Harriet S. Gilliam Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes Senior Lecturers and Lecturers for outstanding undergraduate teaching.

The Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching honors one tenured or tenure-track faculty member for undergraduate teaching from each of the three divisions within Arts and Science: humanities, natural science, and social science.

The Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award recognizes excellence in teaching by a graduate student with full responsibility for the course they are teaching.

The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award recognizes excellence in teaching assistance. It is granted to graduate students who share instruction within a class and section leaders.

The Outstanding Graduate Student Lab Instructor Award recognizes excellence in laboratory instruction. It is awarded to graduate students who teach laboratory sections in science classes.

 

The College of Arts and Science proudly congratulates and thanks these faculty members and graduate students for their dedication to teaching and mentoring students.