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April 25, 2007

Graduate student teachers to receive awards for excellence

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Four graduate student teachers at Purdue will receive the Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award, and an additional 117 graduate students will be honored for their teaching at the Celebration of Graduate Student Teaching on Thursday (April 26).

Winners of the excellence in teaching award are Rebecca A. Bull, a master's degree student majoring in organizational behavior and human resources management from Port Byron, Ill.; Bryan J. Hains, a master's degree student in youth development and agricultural education from Bennett, Colo.; Kristina Smith Walker, a master's student in agronomy from Huntsville, Ala.; and Ivette M. Wilson, a master's student in foreign languages and literature from Belim, Para, Brazil.

"Graduate student teachers are often overlooked for the quality and integrity they bring to a classroom," said Joan Jurich, instructional development specialist for the Center for Instructional Excellence. "This is our opportunity to recognize them for the amount and variety of teaching experience they have accumulated, as well as their efforts to develop themselves as teachers."

Other criteria for the four awards include course evaluations from students, educational materials developed, mentoring other graduate teaching assistants and engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

In addition, 66 graduate students will be honored for their outstanding teaching at the West Lafayette campus. This group represents 50 departments on campus and all 10 colleges/schools. For this honor, each department designated one person to be honored for every 50 graduate teaching assistants they employ.

Fifty-one graduate students will receive their graduate-teacher certificate. This group represents 27 departments and eight of the 10 colleges or schools on campus. This certificate program is designed to assist graduate students in developing teaching skills while simultaneously documenting their teaching experiences and challenges for their resumes.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432,

Source: Joan Jurich, (765) 496-6503,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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