May 2, 2007
UI Names Outstanding Teaching Assistants
The University of Iowa has named 25 teaching assistants the winners of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards for 2006-07. Winners receive a certificate of achievement and $1,000. They will be honored at an award reception on Thursday, May 3.
Mark Young, chair of the Council on Teaching, says the award is the University's expression of gratitude for the teaching assistants' dedication to undergraduate teaching and for their outstanding service to the university.
"Teaching assistants are at the critical interface between students and the curriculum," Young says. "They dictate much about how students perceive the learning experience. Their contributions cannot be overemphasized."
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Tom Rocklin agrees. "These graduate students are actively engaged in the discovery of new knowledge and in the creative process," Rocklin says. "That translates into very special learning experiences for the undergraduate students they teach."
The Council on Teaching has presented the awards each year since 1988. The awardees are teaching assistants who taught for at least one semester during the spring, summer, or fall of 2006. Nominations for the awards are sought from students, faculty, colleagues, departmental officers, and deans.
The 2006-07 Outstanding Teaching Assistants are:
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Tippie College of Business
College of Engineering
College of Pharmacy
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.