At the Department's holiday party, the 2009 teaching awards were announced. This was the inaugural year for these new awards, fulfilling Richard Greenfield's vision and hard work in establishing them. There are two categories of award, one for a Regular or Adjunct faculty member, the other for a graduate student Teaching Fellow or Teaching Assistant. Nominations came from undergraduate students, and the selection committee was comprised of 4 students (2 grad and 2 undergrad) and 3 faculty members, including the Department Chair who only voted in case of a tie.
The 2009 nominees for the Faculty/Adjunct award were Richard Bailey and Rebecca Manley. The nominees for the Teaching Fellow/TA award were Robert Dennis, Kristin Ireland, and Milen Jissov. The decision was a difficult one. All of the nominees deserved to win, but the Committee ended up, after great deliberation, selecting Robert Dennis and Rebecca Manley.
Dr. Manley, a specialist in Russian and Soviet History, also teaches first-year students in HIST 122 "The Making of the Modern World." PhD student and Teaching Fellow Robert Dennis was nominated by students in his seminar, HIST 437 "Religion and North American Society."
A call for nominations for the 2010 award will go out in the late Winter/early Spring. The 2009 winners are ineligible to repeat for two years.