Awards and Assistantships
During my academic career, I have been honored as both a professor and as a student. Most recently, I received Gettysburg College's signature "Anne Bucher Lane Woman of Distinction Faculty/Staff Award" during the 2020 5th Annual Women of Distinction Award Ceremony, hosted by the Office of Multicultural Engagement and the Women's Center. I was also nominated for the "Hidden Figures" award.
I have been awarded several grants in support of my scholarship. I received a Gettysburg College Research and Professional Development Grant to fund a two-week research trip to Dublin, Ireland in Fall 2020. Then COVID-19 happened. Additionally, I received a "Johnson Digital Literacy Assignment Grant" from Gettysburg in 2018. I was one of only five in the university to receive a summer "Research Fellowship Award" at Concord University in both 2013 and 2014. Furthermore, I got a grant from the Roscoe Martin Foundation to purchase equipment for my dissertation at Syracuse.
In 2010 I received the "Outstanding TA Award" from the Syracuse University Graduate School. Only the top 4% of Teaching Assistants receive this award for excellence in undergraduate instruction. At Syracuse, I also was awarded a "Teaching Fellowship" for my superior instruction in 2009. Based on my success as an undergraduate teacher, I was selected to be a Syracuse University Graduate School "Teaching Mentor," an elite group of 25 graduate instructors from across the university responsible for orientation training and mentoring of all incoming graduate teaching assistants.
Upon completion of my MA at the University of Cincinnati in 2006, I received the "Women’s Studies Graduate Student of the Year" award based on excellence in teaching, academic performance and departmental service.
Awards and Grants
- Anne Bucher Lane Woman of Distinction Faculty/Staff Award, Gettysburg College, 2020
- Research and Professional Development Grant ($6733), Gettysburg College, 2020
- Johnson Digital Literacy Assignment Grant ($500), Gettysburg College, 2018
- Research Fellowship/Innovation Grant ($4,238), Concord University, 2014
- Research Fellowship/Innovation Grant ($4,238), Concord University, 2013
- Certificate in University Teaching, Syracuse University, 2011
- Department of Sociology Summer Award ($1,750), Syracuse University, 2011
- Graduate Student Organization Travel Award ($300), Syracuse University, 2011
- Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Syracuse University, 2004 - 2011
- Outstanding TA Award, Syracuse University, 2010
- Roscoe Martin Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Award ($820), 2010
- Future Professoriate Program Teaching Associateship ($15,000), Syracuse University, 2009
- Maxwell School Summer Fellowship ($700), Syracuse University, 2009
- Maxwell School Summer Fellowship ($1,500), Syracuse University, 2007
- Women's Studies Graduate Student of the Year, University of Cincinnati, 2006
- Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Cincinnati, 2004 - 2006
- University Honors Program Certificate, University of Idaho, 2002
- National Merit Scholar, University of Idaho, 1997 - 2001
During my graduate school career, I was awarded "Teaching Assistantships" at Syracuse University and the University of Cincinnati, allowing me to receive invaluable faculty mentoring in the classroom. Being a teaching assistant was an excellent way to learn about undergraduate instruction. While receiving tutelage from professors like Dr. Marjorie DeVault, I learned to identify and produce the structural elements necessary for a well-designed and well-organized course. I developed the skills to create challenging assignments while providing the support and encouragement necessary for students to succeed. My time as a TA allowed me to mix and match the pedagogical elements of my different mentors and create my own teaching style, one that emphasizes student centered learning, sensitivity to diversity, and a strong understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a professor, inside and out of the classroom.
The lessons I learned as a TA were very important as I began teaching independently. I quickly learned that teaching was something that I enjoyed immensely and I sought out additional opportunities. Ultimately, I have taught a broad range of survey and seminar courses. I design classes that not only allow students to engage and shape their own educational process, but I encourage them to connect with the broader academic and local communities. Pedagogically, I value a student-centered approach to teaching that utilizes group projects, student led discussions and flexible lesson plans. I work hard to mentor my undergraduate students and junior colleagues.
Syracuse University Graduate Assistant
- Graduate School Programs, 2011
- Graduate School Programs, 2010
- Future Professoriate Program Teaching Associateship, 2009
Syracuse University Teaching Assistant
- Dr. Lorraine Herbst, SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology, Fall 2008
- Dr. Marjorie DeVault, SOC 319: Qualitative Research Methods, Fall 2007
- Dr. Margaret Usdansky, SOC 281: Sociology of the Family, Spring 2007, Fall 2006
University of Cincinnati Teaching Assistant
- Dr. Michelle Gibson, ENGL 262: American Childhoods in Literature, Spring 2006
- Dr. Anne Sisson Runyan, WMST 241: Introduction to Women's Studies, Fall 2004
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