UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – Although the coronavirus pandemic has caused the cancellation of in-person events such as the College of Education’s annual appreciation and awards luncheon, the awards have been announced and the winners are still very popular. appreciated.
Faculty, staff and students who have made significant contributions to their fields have been selected through letters of appointment motivated by their outstanding service and dedication to their work.
The first of nine featured winners is Uju Anya, who won the college’s Outstanding Teaching Award.
The College of Education’s Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes a faculty mentor who demonstrates excellence in teaching, demonstrates respect for all students as individuals, and creates an environment conducive to learning. Anya is an assistant teacher in second language learning.
She has been in college for four years. She is also a research affiliate with the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in second language learning, language teaching, and applied linguistics, emphasizing the emphasis on race, gender, gender and social class identities in the language. Classroom.
Anya, also known as “Dr. A”, was nominated for the award by the people you’d most want to do – her students.
Dominique Murdock, a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction in Second Language Teaching, calls Anya a pioneer in the field of applied linguistics/second language teaching.
“It captures the stories of minorities who are often underrepresented in the body of literature in the field and provides us with insights that allow us, as aspiring scholars, to stay at the forefront of new developments in the field. second language teaching,” says Murdock.
“Dr. Anya’s academic acumen is quite impressive and her ability to deliver course information in a tangible, accessible and useful way is unmatched. The most reassuring aspect of Dr. Anya in her guidance is that I sincerely believe that she wants me to succeed, which is so crucial to this journey,” Murdock added.
Other students agreed, with this statement from Branden Elmore, doctoral student in higher education:
“Dr. Anya’s teaching and teaching skills are second to none and she exemplifies what it means to be an exceptional teacher. If I learned one thing from my interactions with Dr. Anya, it would be to create a path that She has made a career out of expressing that joy to others, which continues to serve as a source of motivation for people like me,” Elmore said.
And Michelle Brown, a PhD candidate in curriculum and instruction, said Anya is a great teacher on many levels.
“Dr. Anya is not only an excellent teacher, but she is an excellent teacher who teaches truly challenging yet critical concepts – literally, lifesaving. I feel lucky to be mentored by Dr. Anya because exceptional knowledge, mentorship, and sincere concern for my growth and success as a student,” said Brown.
The winners are:
- Outstanding Teaching Award: Uju Anya
- Best Senior Researcher Award: Gerald LeTendre
- Outstanding Young Researcher Award: Jennifer Frank
- Cotterill Leadership Enhancement Award: Ashley Patterson
- Career Achievement Award: Simon Hooper
- Climate Improvement Award: JT Taylor
- Outstanding Personnel Award: Megan Foster and Darlene Kolesar
- Graduate Student Recognition Award: Kaela Fuentes-Packnick
- Undergraduate Leadership and Service Award: Taylor Young