Awards go to 39 teaching assistants
Thirty-nine teaching assistants in a wide range of disciplines will be honored with Centennial Teaching Assistant Awards at a ceremony Saturday, June 16. Initiated in 1989, the awards recognize teaching assistants (TAs) with records of outstanding teaching in the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering.
Ewart Thomas, professor of psychology, started the program during his years as dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences to acknowledge and celebrate the important role that TAs play in teaching at Stanford. Each year, half of the departments in that school are invited to choose usually one to three of their graduate student teachers (depending on the department's size) to be honored with the designation Centennial Teaching Assistant. In the schools of Engineering and Earth Sciences, all departments are eligible to make nominations, and from two to seven TAs are selected from each school.
Dean Pamela Matson of the School of Earth Sciences and Dean James Plummer of the School of Engineering will join Dean Richard Saller of the School of Humanities and Sciences in paying tribute to the award winners during the ceremony. Each receives a certificate and $500.
When selecting TAs for the award, departments are encouraged to seek the widest participation of their faculty and graduate students and to use a broad range of information about teaching assistants' effectiveness and contributions. Student evaluations of TAs also are consulted.
Endowment gifts for the Centennial Teaching Assistant Awards program in the School of Humanities and Sciences were made by Stanford supporters and alumni Bill ('56) and Reva ('54) Tooley of Los Angeles, Melvin ('44) and Joan Lane of Atherton, and Marta S. Weeks ('51) of Miami.
School of Humanities and Sciences
Cultural and Social Anthropology
French and Italian
Earth Systems Program
Energy Resources Engineering
Geological and Environmental Sciences
Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Management Science and Engineering
Management Science and Engineering, and Design