TAs win Centennial Teaching Assistant Awards 2012

June 15th, 2012

Teaching assistants representing a wide range of disciplines will be honored with Centennial Teaching Assistant Awards at a ceremony on June 16. The program recognizes and rewards outstanding teaching by teaching assistants in the Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences and Engineering.

EWART THOMAS, professor of psychology, started the program in 1989, during his years as H&S dean, in order to acknowledge and celebrate the important role that TAs play in teaching at Stanford. Each year half of the departments in H&S are invited to choose usually one to three (depending on the department or program’s size) of their graduate student teachers to be honored by the designation Centennial TA. In Engineering and Earth Sciences, all departments are eligible to nominate TAs each year, and five to nine are chosen winners. PAMELA MATSON, dean of the School of Earth Sciences, and JAMES PLUMMER, dean of the School of Engineering, will join RICHARD SALLER, dean of H&S, in paying tribute to their Centennial TAs during the ceremony. Each recipient is awarded a certificate and a $500 prize.

When selecting their Centennial TAs, departments are encouraged to seek the widest participation of their faculty and graduate students and the use of a broad range of information about teaching assistants’ effectiveness and contributions; student evaluations of TAs are also consulted. This is not meant to be a competition, but rather a process that recognizes TAs with a record of outstanding contributions over time.

Endowment gifts for the Centennial TA Program in Humanities and Sciences were made by Stanford friends and alums BILL (’56) and REVA (’54) TOOLEY of Los Angeles, JOAN and the late MELVIN LANE (’44) of Atherton and MARTA S. WEEKS (’51) of Miami.

The honorees and their departments follow.

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SCIENCES

Art History: YVETTE DEAS

Chemistry: LINDSEY HANSON, LUKE OLTROGGE and BRIAN SMITH

Classics: DAN-EL PADILLA PERALTA

German Studies: LILLA BALINT

History: JULIA MANSFIELD and SUZANNE SUTHERLAND-DUCHACEK

Human Biology: AUTUMN ALBERS

Music: CLARE ROBINSON

Philosophy: SAMUEL ASARNOW and SARA-JAYNE KERR

Physics: KIEL HOWE, PAUL SIMEON and SONNY VO

Political Science: LONJEZO HAMISI, ARIEL MENDEZ and NICHOLAS SHER

Psychology: YULA PALUY, PAUL THIBODEAU and CHARLENE WU

Slavic Languages and Literatures: ANNA LORDAN

Sociology: ANDREW ISAACSON and TRACI TUCKER

SCHOOL OF EARTH SCIENCES

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources: ROBERT HEILMAYR

Earth Systems Program: SAM RAMIREZ and SOPHIE THEIS

Energy Resources Engineering: HAI XUAN VO

Environmental Earth System Science: MICHAEL TSIANG

Geological and Environmental Sciences: DANIEL NAYLOR

Geophysics: YUNYUE LI

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Bioengineering: PEIRAN GAO

Civil and Environmental Engineering: ANNE-LAURE CUVILLIEZ and ROBBY ZELLER

Electrical Engineering: DAVID CHEN

Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering: SUDARSAN N. S. ACHARYA

Materials Science and Engineering: ZACH BEILEY and SAAHIL MEHRA

Mechanical Engineering: MICHAEL BARAKO and DANIEL JACOBS