Awards and Assistantships
During my academic career, I have been honored with awards for my performance as a student and as a teacher. At Syracuse University, I was awarded a Teaching Fellowship for superior undergraduate instruction in 2009. 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.
Based on my success as an undergraduate teacher, I was selected to be a Syracuse University Graduate School Teaching Mentor, an elite group of approximately 25 graduate instructors from across the university who are responsible for orientation training and mentoring of all incoming TA’s.
During my final year at the University of Cincinnati, I received the Women’s Studies Graduate Student of the Year award based on excellence in teaching, academic performance and departmental service.
I have also received awards in support of my research. I was one of only five in the entire university to receive a summer Research Fellowship Award at Concord University in 2013 and 2014. Additionally, I was awarded a grant from the Roscoe Martin Foundation to purchase equipment for my dissertation at Syracuse.
- Finalist, Presidential Excellence Award, Concord University, 2016
- 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
- Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Syracuse University, 2004 - 2011
- Department of Sociology Summer Award ($1,750), Syracuse University, 2011
- Graduate Student Organization Travel Award ($300), Syracuse University, 2011
- Outstanding TA Award, Syracuse University, 2010
- Roscoe Martin Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Award ($820), 2010
- Graduate School Teaching Mentor, Syracuse University, 2010
- Future Professoriate Program Teaching Associateship ($15,000), Syracuse University, 2009
- Graduate School Teaching Fellow, Syracuse University, 2009
- Maxwell School Summer Fellowship ($700), Syracuse University, 2009
- Sociology Department Teaching Fellow, Syracuse University, 2008
- 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
- University Honors Program, University of Idaho, 1997- 2002
- Dean's List, University of Idaho, Various semesters 1997 - 2002
- Alpha Lamda Delta Communication Honors Society, University of Idaho, 2001
- National Merit Scholar, University of Idaho, 1997 to 2001
- Phi Eta Sigma Greek Honor Society, University of Idaho, 2000
During my graduate career, I was fortunate to be 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 discussion 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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