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May 27, 2009

UI Names Outstanding Teaching Assistants

The University of Iowa has named 30 teaching assistants the winners of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards for 2008-09. Winners receive a certificate of achievement and $1,000. They were honored at an award reception on Thursday, May 7.

Jill Beckman, chair of the Council on Teaching, thanked the award winning teaching assistants for their dedication to undergraduate teaching and for their service to the university.

"Selecting these outstanding TAs is one of our most important and rewarding responsibilities as a council," Beckman said. "Their dedication to excellent teaching translates directly into positive learning experiences for the undergraduates with whom they interact. They play a crucial role in the fulfillment of the University's academic mission, and it's a pleasure to recognize them for doing that work with such commitment and enthusiasm."

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 2008. Nominations for the awards are sought from students, faculty, colleagues, departmental officers, and deans.

The 2008-09 Outstanding Teaching Assistants are:

Tippie College of Business

Management and Organizations: Susan L. Dustin

College of Education

Educational Policy and Leadership Studies: Ryan P. O'Connor

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

American Studies: Gyorgy Toth
Anthropology: Cerisa R. Reynolds
Anthropology: Meredith Wismer
Art and Art History: Summer Trentin
Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures: Anna Kolesnikova
Biology: Sara Sheeley
Chemistry: Joseph C. Cannistra
Chemistry: William Rock
Classics: Life Blumberg
Communication Studies: Kristen Norwood
French and Italian: Leah Pesola
General Education Literature: Joanna Davis-McElligatt
German: Fatima Baig
History: Renee L. Goethe
History: Brian J.K. Miller
Journalism & Mass Communication: Mohamad Elmasry
Journalism & Mass Communication: Lee Farquhar
Mathematics: Amanda Hager
Mathematics: John B.C. Rost
Mathematics: Shannon Talbott
Music: Christopher J. Dickey
Music: Jeremy Starr
Philosophy: Daniel B. Schulz
Political Science: Benjamin J. Darr
Psychology: Leigh Wensman Sharma
Psychology: Grace A. White
Psychology: Matthew M. Campolattaro
Spanish and Portuguese: José Miguel Plata Ramírez

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