The following text was taken from the article, “Fifteen UW-Madison teaching assistants awarded for service” by Stacy Forster, University Communications.
- Exceptional Service – Jennifer Hull, History. Hull started the fall 2008 semester as a teaching assistant for her mentor and major adviser, Professor Jeanne Boydston. But two weeks into the semester, Boydston was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer, and died Nov. 1, 2008.”Jennifer not only rose to the challenge of writing three new lectures a week, but also continued to serve as the teaching assistant for the course,” writes a nominator. “The students in Jennifer’s course recognized and appreciated the incredible commitment she displayed throughout this difficult period.”
- Early Excellence – Katie Jarvis, History. Jarvis impressed one faculty nominator with a recognizable feat: During a discussion on Voltaire’s “Candide,” Jarvis got about 100 percent of the class to participate. “An energetic person to begin with, Katie Jarvis makes it clear (unconsciously, I think), that she loves being there, talking about Voltaire with these students,” the nominator writes.Her students say they like the comfortable discussion environment Jarvis creates, as well as the class materials she provides. Jarvis makes the material accessible — and sometimes light — by including links to YouTube videos and other Web sites as part of discussion materials, the nominator writes.
To learn more about the awards and read the full article, go to http://www.news.wisc.edu/17680