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The Graduate School at UGA recognizes five graduate students with the Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students Award

The Graduate School at UGA has honored five graduate student teachers with its annual Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students Award. The Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students Award recognizes the significant contribution graduate students make to the instructional mission of the University.

The 2014 Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students Award recipients include the following UGA graduate students:

    • Szu-Yueh Chien, a Career & Information Studies doctoral candidate, is described by her TA supervisor as “inspirational.” Chien focuses on building learning communities where students can explore the possibilities that emerging technologies have brought to 21st century learning. To accomplish this, she blends technology and education through projects like e-portfolios and multimodal reflection journals in which students use various technologies to develop their creativity, critical thinking abilities, and mastery of content knowledge. Chien is also the assistant editor of the Teach, Teach, Tech blog, which applies teaching applications based on research results as well as reviews on emerging technologies and trends in technology integration. After graduation, Chien hopes to be an assistant professor, post-doc researcher, or instructional designer at a university or college in Wisconsin.
    • Kathryn Morris Dye, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Cellular Biology, encourages students to “discover” evidence for evolution on their own through her restructuring of the Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy laboratory activities. She and Dr. Hesse, a professor in the department, received an Innovative Instruction Faculty Grant to improve teaching and learning in the Human Anatomy and Physiology laboratory. During her time at the University, she has also mentored five Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) undergraduates, helping them to develop independent research projects and basic research skills. After graduation, Dye hopes to be a professor of anatomy and physiology at a medical school or a small liberal arts college.
    • Kylie Hulbert, a doctoral candidate in the Department of History, is highlighted as one of the most innovative instructors in her department when it comes to devising creative ways to involve students in the research and writing of history. In her class, “Reacting to the Past,” Hulbert generated excitement by asking students to step into the shoes of historical figures through role-play. She has also served as lead TA during both semesters of the US History Survey and in 2013 was elected to serve as an undergraduate advisor within the History Department. After graduation, Hulbert plans to pursue an academic job at the university-level.
    • Joshua King, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English, developed and taught the first-year composition class associated with UGA’s Mass Communication Leaning Community. He has served as the Assistant Director of the UGA Writing Center for the past two years and in 2013 stepped into the role of Director. King also organized and proposed a graduate student panel called, “The ePortfolio Model and the Development of Public Reflective Composition” for the 2013 meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the most prestigious venue for presenting research in rhetoric and composition. After graduation, King hopes to work as a composition and rhetoric professor or direct a writing center for a research university.
    • Elizabeth Whittenburg Ozment, a doctoral candidate in the Institute for Women’s Studies, founded the Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium, an annual coalition-building music research conference for students across the South. She was the first Graduate teaching assistant to teach the Women and Music graduate-level seminar, which is cross-listed between the Women Studies Institute and School of Music. Ozment was also recently elected to represent the University of Georgia during a three-year position on the governing Society for Ethnomusicology Council after chairing The Society for Ethnomusicology Student Concerns Committee. This summer, Ozment will work as a summer Frederick Douglas Fellow at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. She plans to teach at a University in the fall.

The Graduate School established the Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students Award to recognize students who have demonstrated superior teaching skills and who have contributed to teaching beyond their own classroom responsibilities. The awards are administered annually by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Students are nominated for the award, which is sponsored by the Graduate School, by their individual departments.