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University Teaching Fellows (front row from left) are Tanjima Bhuiyan, Jenna Bonavia and Virak Chan, and (back row) Nima Kordzadeh, Don Davis and Griette van der Heide

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(April 25, 2013) -- The UTSA Teaching and Learning Center announces 10 selections for the 2013-2014 University Teaching Fellows. The program helps doctoral student develop their teaching and other academic skills by providing service to their departments and the university.

Each fellow also receives a $25,000 award and a 50-percent appointment as a graduate assistant in exchange for 20 hours per week toward their professional development and service.

"We had an overwhelming response this year with 34 nominees -- the most applicants since the program began," said Barbara Millis, director of the Teaching and Learning Center. "Unfortunately, we can accept only a certain number, but I welcome those interested to resubmit their application next year."

The selected 2013-2014 University Teaching Fellows are:

  • Tanjima Bhuiyan, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Jennifer Bonavia, Anthropology
  • Snigdha Boppid, Chemistry
  • Virak Chan, Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
  • Don Davis, Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
  • Diane Elizondo, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Nima Kordzadeh, Information Systems and Cyber Security
  • Jitin Samuel, Mechanical Engineering
  • Sonia Valencia, English
  • Griette van der Heide, Anthropology

A committee including Daniel J. Gelo, dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts; Dorothy A. Flannagan, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School; Krisellen Maloney, dean of the UTSA Libraries; Nancy K. Martin, associate vice provost for University College; and Millis reviewed the application packets. Martin also interviewed the candidates.

In the fall, six fellows -- Bonavia, Chan, Davis, Kordzadeh Valencia and van der Heide -- will support the pilot academic inquiry courses, which will replace the freshman seminar courses.

The graduate students' departmental work will involve a variety of projects including developing teaching assistant led discussion sections, examining and critiquing current course content, developing instruction manuals, supporting recitation sections, designing a digital archive for teaching resources, helping to develop an Internet-based approach to teaching and supporting faculty efforts to teach effectively.

 

 

 

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UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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