Congratulations to Dr. Laila Haidarali, Dr. Andrew Jainchill, and PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow Victoria Cosby, the winners of the 2021-2022 Department of History Teaching Awards.
Laila Haidarali was nominated by her students in HIST 473: Black Women in Modern US History (Fall 2021) and HIST 400-002: The Harlem Renaissance (Winter 2022). One of her students wrote that "I have never had a more caring, compassionate, and kind professor than this professor in my entire undergraduate experience. The element that stands out most from their teaching style is the attentiveness and validation of people's thoughts and ideas." Her students also wrote that Dr. Haidarali "fostered an inclusive space for growth and creativity" that encouraged all of her students to feel comfortable speaking each week.
Andrew Jainchill was nominated by his students in HIST 106: The Making of Modern Europe (Fall 2021). Dr. Jainchill's students wrote that they had "an amazing time" in his class and that he was an "awesome prof." Students felt that Dr. Jainchill was "genuinely happy to teach," and created an engaging class environment in which he expanded on course materials in ways that made the course more enriching.
Victoria Cosby was nominated by her students in HIST 104: Pre-Confederation Canada: A History of the Present (Fall 2021) and HIST 401: Topics in Canadian History: Marginalized Voices in Canadian History (Winter 2022). Her students wrote that she was “absolutely amazing” and “extremely compassionate, intelligent, knowledgeable, and accommodating.” One student wrote that Victoria's teaching “helped me learn more about myself and encouraged me to think critically about Canadian history.” Her students also praised her teaching style, explaining how she was “able to make such important topics accessible” and how she was “able to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable even when discussing uncomfortable topics.”