University of Florida Graduate Student Teaching Award winners

Congratulations to the 20 graduate students selected as the University of Florida Graduate Student Teaching Award winnners for 2019-2020.

The graduate students were nominated by their departments and were evaluated by the Graduate Student Teaching Awards Committee.

Each student submitted a teaching portfolio, including teaching philosophy and teaching evaluations, and was observed by two members of the committee.

2019-2020 Winners

  • Akieba Allen – Theatre and Dance
  • Richard Brust – History
  • Tara Mercurio Counts – Family, Youth and Community Sciences
  • Lisa Emerson – Microbiology and Cell Science
  • Kaitlyn Erhardt – Psychology
  • Melissa Fenton – Family, Youth and Community Sciences
  • Scarlett Godinez – Chemistry
  • Ethan Kutlu – Linguistics
  • Joana Guerrero-Rodriguez – Spanish & Portuguese Studies
  • Keifer MacDonald – Theatre and Dance
  • Alicia McGrew – Natural Resources and Environment
  • Victoria McNeil – Psychology
  • Caroline Parks – Geography
  • Anthony Pastore – Chemistry
  • Moinul Rahat – Physics
  • Gerald Robinson – Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
  • John Streese – Mathematics
  • Ashley Watts – Mathematics

The top two graduate students received the Calvin A. VanderWerf Award:

  • Dina Benbrahim – Art and Art History
  • Kendall Craig – Chemistry

This award was established in memory of Dr. VanderWerf, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1971-1978 and chemistry professor from 1978 to 1988. Dr. VanderWerf served for many years on the selection committee.

Members of the Graduate Student Teaching Awards Committee:

  • Constance Shehan, Chair – Professor Sociology and Women’s Studies – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Julie E. Dodd – Professor Emerita of Journalism – College of Journalism and Communications
  • Mary Ann Eaverly – Professor of Classics – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Martin Gundersen, Jr. – Associate Professor Emeritus of Architecture – College of Design, Construction and Planning
  • Valeria D. Kleiman – Associate Professor of Chemistry – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Gillian Lord – Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Studies – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Frank Nordlie – Professor Emeritus of Biology – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Jon Reiskind – Associate Professor Emeritus of Biology – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Lynn Sollenberger – Distinguished Professor of Agronomy – College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Henri Van Rinsvelt – Professor Emeritus of Physics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Bradley Walters – Associate Professor of Architecture – College of design, Construction and Planning
  • Lorna Dishman – Executive Assistant I, Graduate School

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