Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence

Graduate Students are recommended for the award by their department. Award recipients are publicized in the Commencement booklet in the year of their graduation.

2016-2017 Academic Year

The winners of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2016-2017 academic year are:

 

Nathan Brown, Physics

Nathan is a seventh year student in the Ph.D. program in Physics. His research embodies the quest to understand Quantum Chromodynamics, the theory that describes the force holding together the quarks inside protons and neutrons, using high-precision simulations. As an instructor in the summer introductory Physics 118/198 course, he employed an active approach to learning, using probing questions to help students work through problems until they found the solution themselves. As his students stated, “he relates physics principles to things I see in daily life, which is amazingly helpful, and he seems to really care about students and if we're actually learning or not,” and “he reinforced the importance of understanding physics at a ‘real-life’ level rather than an ‘equations’ level.

 

Luca Foti, History 

Luca Foti is a fifth-year student in the PhD program in History. His dissertation in medieval European history is titled, “Heretical Friars: The Struggle for Religio-Political Authority in the Fourteenth-Century Papal Territories.” Luca’s teaching demonstrates unusual depth, and he is known for his ability to bring temporally distant historical topics to life. He has taught in courses about the Roman Empire and the Holocaust; he currently teaches his own course: “Power and the Holy in Latin Christendom.” Faculty commend his “real expertise in widely diverse subjects”; students note he was “dedicated to student success” and “continued asking us questions and asking us to go beyond the text.” His teaching is exemplary—and he does it in a non-native language.

 

Kenyon Gradert, American Culture Studies

Kenyon Gradert is a doctoral candidate in English. In 2017, he successfully defended his dissertation, a study of American antislavery writers. Kenyon is also an enthusiastic teacher. He has taught writing at Deep Springs College, an experimental school and working cattle ranch, and will return to Wash U this summer to teach a course on Antislavery America. At Wash U, he has taught composition and been an assistant in courses on the American Renaissance, American Folk, and "Ground Zero," a course on memorializations of trauma based in New York City. His nomination comes from this course, as well as "American Reckoning," a self-designed interdisciplinary AMCS course on the legacies of American slavery.

 

Katherine Harnish, Art History and Archaeology

Kate is a 4th-year PhD student in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. She has also completed the requirements for a Graduate Certificate in American Culture Studies. Her dissertation is on late 19th-century American still life paintings that participate in a discourse about the symbolic value of contemporary mass-produced printed ephemera, including paper currency.  Kate has taught as a TA for 6 semesters in all 3 of her department's large gateway courses. In addition, she was Instructor of Record for "Introduction to Modern Art, Architecture and Design" in summer 2016. In all of these settings she has been, in the words of one of her supervisors, "a consummate professional even at this early stage in her teaching career."

 

Hélène Martin, French Language and Literature

Hélène Martin is completing her fourth year as a teaching assistant in French at Washington University where she is writing a dissertation on Sixteenth-Century French literature. She has consistently proven herself as an exceptional TA. In 2015, she received the Elizabeth Schreiber Teaching award, which goes to the best TA in French. Between the fall 2013 and the fall 2016, she has taught at all French language levels, including French 307, “French Level 4: Advanced French,” which is typically taught by faculty members. Hélène is also very appreciated by her students who consider her, in their own words, “a wonderful instructor, “available for students outside of class, “very patient in explaining until the concept was crystal clear.” 

 

Erika Rodriguez, Comparative Literature 

Erika Rodriguez is a fourth-year student in the program in Comparative Literature with research interests in nineteenth-century Spain, the urban novel, women and gender, and disability studies. She has taught Spanish language and literature, English Writing, and Comparative Literature. Student and faculty evaluations testify to her highly developed pedagogical intelligence, dedication to the teaching profession, openness to new methods and approaches, ability to think about the big picture, and continued growth as a teacher. Her teaching style has been described as “clear and compelling,” “thorough and original,” and her lessons as “well-crafted and well-paced.” In the words of a Writing I student, “Professor Rodriguez is awesome.”

 

Claire Ross, Germanic Languages and Literatures

Claire Ross is a fifth-year student in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. Her research and teaching interests include migrant and minority discourses, intertextuality in post-1945 German literature, and feminist theory. Claire is a highly engaged teacher who goes above and beyond the typical TA duties to get to know the fine details of her students’ abilities and challenges. Faculty who have observed Claire’s teaching refer to her as “a stellar teacher,” while students praise her in their evaluations for her superior knowledge of the material. One student writes, “On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best, I would give a 10 on everything.” Another writes that Claire “is the most loving and inspiring lecturer I’ve ever seen.”

 

Eddie Saliba, Chemistry 

Eddie Saliba is a third year graduate student in the PhD program in Chemistry. Eddie’s research involves developing instrumentation and methods to increase the sensitivity of magic angle spinning (MAS) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy using the dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) technique. Eddie has served as TA for several introductory and advanced courses in the Chemistry Department. His great strength in teaching is his extremely positive and happy demeanor. Eddie is always exited to talk with students about General Chemistry experiments or derivations covered in Physical Chemistry lectures. As a TA in General Chemistry, Eddie spearheaded the implementation of the new online homework system. In this special project, he showcased his ingenuity, communication skills, and reliability as a TA.

 

Elyse Singer, Anthropology 

Elyse Singer is a sixth-year student in the Department of Anthropology, with interests in gender, morality, and reproductive governance in contemporary Mexico. Elyse is one of those rare individuals who is not only a gifted and prolific scholar, but also a passionate, engaged, and incredibly talented teacher. Her course “Regulating Reproduction: Morality, Politics, and (In)Justice” is a case in point. A rigorous class, this discussion-based seminar aimed to challenge students while also scaffolding them in new ways of conceptualizing reproduction, politics, and moral systems. In course evaluations, her students described her as, “absolutely amazing,” “dynamic,” “supportive,” “open,” “excited,” “engaging,” “incredibly passionate about the topic,” and “hands-down the best professor I've ever had,” marking Elyse exceptionally deserving of this teaching recognition.

 

Merrill Turner, English and American Literature 

Merrill Turner is a 5th year student in the English Department. Her field of research is 20th-century British fiction. Merrill is a dedicated, witty, and empathetic teacher with an exceptional range of knowledge and talents. One of her mentors describes a “Merrill effect” in which the intellectual generosity she displays as a teacher is absorbed by her students, who in turn become more confident, talkative, and affirmative in class discussions. In their evaluations, her students praise Merrill’s “accessible and charismatic teaching,” and refer to her as “constructive,” “reassuring,” “fabulous,” “insanely knowledgeable,” and—from one student—“brilliant, fearless, and approachable.”

 

Honorable Mentions

Meredith Sargent, Mathematics  

Cassondra Vernier, Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology 

Dalston Ward, Political Science 

Li Wei , Chinese, East Asian Language and Cultures 

2015-2016 Academic Year

The winners of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2015-2016 academic year are:

 

Art History & Archaeology

Emily Hanson

 

Chinese and Comparative Literature

Ling Kang

 

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Simone Pfleger

 

Hispanic Languages and Literatures

Carmen Toro González-Green

 

History

Amanda Scott

 

Music/American Culture Studies

Kelsey Klotz

 

Political Science

Betul Demirkaya

2014-2015 Academic Year

The winners of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2014-2015 academic year are:

 

Anthropology

Jessica Joganic

 

Art History and Archaeology

Stephanie Kaplan

 

Chemistry

Kei Fuchigami

 

Comparative Literature

Annelise Wasmoen

 

English

Annelise Duerden

 

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Brooke Shafar

 

History

Dale Kretz

 

Psychology

Blaire Weidler

 

Physics

Ryan Soklaski

Honorable Mentions

Nick Baima, Philosophy

Chris Born, Japanese Language & Literature

Irene Domingo, Hispanic Languages & Literatures

Amanda Scott, History

Greg Whitfield, Political Science

Elisabeth Windle, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

2013-2014 Academic Year

Winners of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2013-2014 Academic Year:

 


Anthropology

Diana Fridberg

 

Art History

Jennifer Padgett

 

Writing I Program

Kenyon Gradert

 

Chemistry

Brian Wieliczka

 

Comparative Literature

Nicholas Tamarkin

 

Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences

Kathleen Zelle

 

East Asian Languages & Cultures

Shuxin Hong

 

Education

Elizabeth Thorne-Wallington

 

English
Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Claire Class

 

Germanic Languages & Literatures

Angineh Djavadghazaryans

 

History

Jennifer Westrick

 

Mathematics

Benjamin Passer

 

Philosophy

Nathan Adams

 

Physics

Dimitrios Manolidis

 

Political Science

Viktoryia Schnose

 

Psychology

Fade Eadeh

 

Romance Languages & Literatures

Stacy Davis

2012-2013 Academic Year

Winners of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2012-2013 Academic Year


Anthropology

John Willman

Art History and Archaeology

Andrew Findley

Chemistry

Jillian Smith

Comparative Literature

Maya Ganapathy

Earth & Planetary Sciences

Margaret Anne Gray Hinkle

East Asian Languages & Cultures

Kazue Harada

Education

Ashley Macrander

English

Lauren Robertson

German

Lisa Haegele

History

James Palmer

Philosophy

Lauren Olin

Physics

Xiaoxian "Sherry" Yin

Political Science

Michael Nelson

Psychology

Julia Langer

Romance Languages & Literatures

Siham Bouamer

2011-2012 Academic Year

Winners of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2011-2012 Academic Year


Anthropology

Team: Clarissa Cagnato, Steven Goldstein, Lynne Rouse

Art History and Archaeology

Sarah McGavran

Chemistry

Nicholas Holtgrewe

Comparative Literature

Aysegul Turan

Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences

Jordan Teisher

Earth & Planetary Sciences

Christopher P. Orth

East Asian Languages & Cultures

Chun-Yu Lu

English

Matthew Fluharty

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Sarah Hillenbrand

History

Lisa Lillie

International Area Studies

Sara Jay

Jewish, Islamic & Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Corey L. Twitchell

Political Science

Joshua D. Potter

Psychology

Emily Cohen-Shikora

Romance Languages & Literatures

Manella Andia Augustin

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Cailin Copan-Kelly

2010-2011 Academic Year

Anthropology

Julia Maki

Art History and Archaeology

Byrna Campbell

Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literature

David Holloway

Chemistry

Sophia White

English

Kate Fama

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Faruk Pasic

History

Kevin Wooten

International Area Studies

Rajbir Purewal

Mathematics

Jeff Langford

Philosophy

Zachary Hoskins

Physics

Shawn DeCenzo

Political Science

Morgan Hazelton

Romance Languages & Literatures

Alejandra Aguilar

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Patrick Brugh

2009-2010 Academic Year

Winners of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2009-2010 Academic Year


Anthropology

Cara Ocobock

Art History and Archaeology

Anna Warbelow

Asian and Near Eastern Studies

Yoojin Soh

Chemistry

Maureen McKiernan

English

Nicholas Miller

Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Norma Suvak

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Tracy Graves

History

Tanya Roth

Philosophy

Timothy Oakberg

Psychology

Timothy Bono

Physics

Patrick Johnson

Political Science

Diana O'Brien

Romance Languages & Literatures

Angeles Donoso

2008-2009 Academic Year

Winners of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2008-2009 Academic Year


Anthropology

Helina Woldekiros

Art History and Archaeology          

Elissa Weichbrodt

Chemistry                            

Ritu Shrestha

Comparative Literature                

Christopher Boehm

Economics                          

Aleksandr Yankelevich

English                              

Emily Fammartino

Germanic Languages & Literatures     

Julia Kleinheider

History                               

Matthew Stewart

Mathematics                           

Michael Deutsch

Philosophy     

Sarah Robins

Romance Languages & Literature     

Brandan Grayson

Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies     

Gail Wolfe

2007-2008 Academic Year

Winners of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2007-2008 Academic Year


Anthropology

Rachel Dunn

Art History and Archaeology

Matt Bailey

Biology/Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences

Elaine Frawley

Chemistry

Todsapon Thananatthanachon

English/The Writing Program

Erica Delsandro

Germanic Languages & Literatures

Russell Alt

History

Aaron Akins

Mathematics

Nic Sedlock

Philosophy

David Bauman

Physics

Nicholas Mauro

Political Science

Mariana Medina

Psychology

Karl Szpunar

Romance Languages & Literatures

Kate McCarthy

Women & Gender Studies

Necia Chronister

2006-2007 Academic Year

Winners of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2006-2007 Academic Year


Anthropology

M. Mercedez Guitierrez

Asian & Near Eastern Languages

Sookja Cho

Chemistry

Stacy Mui

Classics

Elizabeth Donnelly

Economics

Srikanth Ramamurthy

English/The Writing Program

Brooke Taylor

Germanic Languages & Literatures

Suzuko Mousel Knott

History

David Pennington

Mathematics

Scott Cook

Philosophy

Jeff Brown

Political Science

Anthony Madonna

Romance Languages & Literatures

Violaine White

Women and Gender Studies

Tarah Demant