May 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Aiena Gets Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award

Christine Aiena, portrait

Christine Aiena

Excerpted from Compass

Geography graduate student Christine N. Aiena was one of four Ohio University students presented with the Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award on April 19.

Aiena currently teaches geography and mesoscale meteorology. In May, she will graduate with an Geography. “I have been wonderfully surprised and humbled by this experience,” said Aiena. “I have had the privilege of teaching some of the most brilliant, tenacious and hard-working students. I am so glad they felt I was able to effectively convey information to them and I cannot thank them enough for nominating me for this award.”

The Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award was established in 1987 to recognize excellent teaching in graduate teaching assistants at the University. Each recipient receives a $500 stipend and a framed certificate to commemorate the occasion.

“This award is unique, not just here at OHIO, but across the nation,” said Tim Vickers, director of the Center for Teaching & Learning. “I think it is simply fantastic that these outstanding individuals get recognized for their incredible contributions not just to our students’ education, but to the schools and departments within which they work.”

Unlike other universities with similar events, the selection process at OHIO is conducted entirely by undergraduate students who volunteer their time to serve on the selection committee. This committee then interviews the top nominees and selects the four winners that are chosen annually.

Read more in the Compass story, “Recipients of 2018 Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award honored.”

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