Service to Undergraduate Education
The Service to Undergraduate Education Award honors the vital contributions made by graduate teaching assistants to our undergraduate anthropology program, both online and in Corvallis. Each quarter, our GTAs devote considerable time and energy to teaching undergraduates, sharing their passion and insight and providing advice and support to their students. The honor comes with a cash award of $500 - $1000.
This year we have two awardees: Mariana Ribeiro Porto Araujo, and Betty Cervantes
Mariana is in her third year in the PhD program. She has been teaching Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH 101) as a GTA for on campus students and as an independent instructor for e-campus students since Fall 2019. She also helps with the development and teaching of the 407 E-campus classes. Students exhibit a high level of respect for her and demonstrate genuine acknowledgment for her kind, understanding, and respectful way of teaching, evidenced even more during the Covi-19 Pandemic.
Betty is graduating this term with her Master’s in applied anthropology. She has taught ANTH 240 on e-campus every term during the pandemic. She is highly communicative with her students, using regular announcements and upbeat, often humorous messages to keep them on track and motivated. She also took it upon herself to re-format the course syllabus, to make it easier to navigate. Dr. Brenda Kellar noted what a great job she did with that, totally on her own!
We are grateful to have Mariana and Betty as GTAs in our program. Please join me in congratulating them.