The University at Buffalo has a long tradition and a firm commitment to providing all of its students with instruction of the highest quality. The instruction delivered by graduate students who serve as teaching or graduate assistants or as instructors is a critical element of that institutional commitment.
The Excellence in Teaching Award for graduate teaching assistants is awarded by the Graduate School, in recognition of exceptional ability in teaching by UB graduate students. Students will be selected based on superb and creative performance in the classroom or laboratory, engagement with mentoring and advisement, and a commitment to the high academic standards in teaching.
The nomination period is now closed.
The Graduate School is pleased to announce the winners of the Graduate School’s 2017-2018 Excellence in Teaching Award:
• Katie Badura, organization and human resources
• Miranda Bobrowski, psychology
• Seth Cosimini, English
• Andi Coulter, English
• Kim Farr, biological sciences
• Kelsey Habla, architecture
• Jeremy Lakoff, English
• Alex Marchenko, chemistry
• David Strittmatter, history
• Jared Strohl, sociology
All teaching assistants who supervise laboratory sections, recitation sections or their own courses are equally eligible.
Nomination packets must not exceed 30 pages in length, not including UB course evaluations.
Any member of the faculty may initiate a nomination. Self-nominations are strongly discouraged.
The nomination process will be coordinated at the decanal level. Please contact your academic dean’s office for information regarding the due date by which that office must receive nomination packets.
Academic deans should submit all nomination packets. Each nomination needs to be a single, integrated PDF file containing all required documents. Please email completed nomination packets to Emily Luchterhand in the Graduate School at email@example.com by Monday, February 5, 2018 at 5 p.m.
The following must be provided by the candidate's sponsor:
1. Nomination form/cover sheet (found in the nomination packet materials).
2. Selection criteria form (found in the nomination packet materials). The candidate’s sponsor should clearly address how the candidate’s performance specifically fulfills each of the following award selection criteria.
3. Copy of candidate’s current unofficial transcript.
4. Course information, to include the following:
The following must be provided by the candidate:
1. Personal statement. The candidate should submit a two-page, double-spaced statement describing the following:
2. Course information. The candidate should include a syllabus summary for up to two courses or laboratories taught, only if the candidate created the syllabus. Please include the following:
Do not include grade distribution information or testimonials from fellow graduate students. Nomination packages must not exceed 30 pages in length, not including UB course evaluations.