The College has awarded one faculty member and one teaching assistant with the
2012 ARTS & SCIENCES AWARD FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE

Faculty nominees were evaluated on the basis of the breadth and quality of their instructional contributions. Preference was given to those who have demonstrated instructional excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through both classroom instruction and supervision of student research, who have integrated their research and scholarship into their teaching, and who developed particularly thoughtful teaching portfolios.

Graduate teaching assistants were evaluated primarily on the quality of their undergraduate teaching and the strength of their contributions to their department’s instructional mission.

David Correia

David Correia, Assistant Professor, American Studies
Professor Correia stood out from the rest of the nominees based on the quality of his teaching portfolio, which will be soon posted as an example for new A&S faculty. His portfolio included a reflection on how he teaches, why he gives particular assignments, and ample positive feedback.

Mellisa Huffman

Mellisa Huffman, Teaching Assistant, Department of English
Ms. Huffman was recognized for the effort she put into developing her teaching skills, the assignments she developed to lead students step-by-step to capstone assignments, and her work in developing online resources for her department. The committee noted that her contribution to the university is “far beyond the norm for teaching assistants.”