The Teaching Effectiveness Award honors a small number of outstanding graduate student instructors each year who have made a significant contribution to teaching and learning in their departments through identifying and responding to a problem they have encountered in a class, laboratory, or section they have taught. Their contributions are documented in one-page essays, accessible here by the department in which each GSI taught. (Their home departments are also noted below.)

Additionally, the essays may be browsed by teaching-and-learning topic via the GSI Teaching Ideas page in the GSI Online Library.

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A

African American Studies

Wolfson, Amy, 2012, The End of Romance: Teaching Students to Rethink “Wild” Africa

Agricultural and Resource Economics

Nataraj, Shanthi, 2009, (home department Economics), Applying Economic Concepts to Environmental Problems

Anthropology

Harkey, Anna, 2014, Bringing Archaeological Theory “Down to Earth”

Leite, Naomi, 2008, Introducing Course Themes through Experiential Learning: A First-Section Activity

Mahiri, Jelani, 2006, An Exercise in Writing Descriptive Field Notes for Anthropological Research

Rabanes, Raphaëlle, 2013, Queering Anthropology: A Lived Experience of Critical Knowledge Production

Wesp, Julie, 2014, The Hip Bone is Connected to the Thigh Bone: Fostering Higher-Order Learning by Not Answering Students’ Questions

Architecture

Martin, Tania, 2002, Engaging with Primary Sources and Making Connections to Readings and Lectures

Roudbari, Shawhin, 2012, Using Students’ Design Work to Teach Design Theory and Criticism

Wendover, Jess, 2003, Teaching Triangulation of Research Methods

Astronomy

Comerford, Julia, 2006, Teaching by (Bad) Example

Dawson, Steve, 2000, Kinesthesis in Science: Where Red Rover Meets Quantum Mechanics

Desroches, Louis-Benoit, 2004, Undergraduate Astronomy Journal Club

Fornasini, Francesca, 2012, “Is This Right?” Building Confidence in Scientific Reasoning

Johnson, John, 2002, TALC: Individualized Assistance through Collaborative Learning

Lee, Aaron, 2010, Bringing Astronomy Down to Earth: A Teaching Strategy That Helps Develop Intuition

Peek, Kathryn, 2005, Lessons from a Lesson on Stellar Evolution

Perley, Daniel, 2006, Solar System on a Laptop: Visualizing the Dynamic Universe

Turner, Ryan, 2013, (home department Earth and Planetary Science), Seeing for Yourself

B

Bioengineering

Chau, Angela, 2007, Learn at Your Own Pace

Held, Robert, 2007, Interaction and Integration: How to Teach Students with Varying Expertise

Biophysics

Switz, Neil, 2011, Teaching Quantitative Optical Filter Choice as Part of Practical Microscopy

Business Administration

Fedyk, Tatiana, 2006, Hide and Go Seek; or, Could We Play with Accounting?

Rider, Christopher, 2005, Improving Writing Skills and Alleviating Grading Confusion

C

Chemical Engineering

Foose, Ladan, 2008, Searching for the Big Picture

Chemistry

Axelson, Jordan, 2014, The Importance of Implicit Feature Awareness for Problem Solving in Organic Chemistry

Blum, Suzanne, 2004, Current-Literature Problem Solving as a Connection to the Real World: How Solving a Problem in the Classroom Expanded Professor-Graduate Student Mentorship from the Laboratory into the Classroom

Brando, Beatriz (home department: Education), 2016, Building a Better Review Session through Active Learning

Dichtel, William, 2004, Teaching Alice

Pivonka, Nicholas L., 2001, Improving Laboratory Courses

Smith, Jessica, 2011, A Pre-Lab Assignment for a More Efficient and Effective Laboratory

Stachl, Christiane, 2016, Using Individualized Student Feedback to Enhance Learning in Chemistry 4A

Steele, Ryan, 2007, A Voice in the Sciences

Stephanopoulos, Nicholas, 2008, Making the Connections: Dissecting Fatty Acid Biosynthesis

Taylor, Mercedes, 2016, Overcoming Emotional Reactions to Chemical Reactions

Thornton, Joel, 2000, Chemistry: The Other Foreign Language

Ye, Rong “Rocky,” 2015, Achieving Higher Efficiency in Chemistry Labs Using Electronic Scheduling

City and Regional Planning

Hayden, Shelby 2016, Discipline, Practice, Feedback: A Supportive Approach to Teaching Critical Reading Skills

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Delaire, Caroline, 2014, Intuition Is What You Need to Take Home!

Dowling, Christie, 2005, Strategies to Provide Information Without Providing Answers

Hollenback, Justin, 2013, Teaching Effectiveness Essay

Classics

Baraz, Yelena, 2003, A New Way to Appreciate Cicero’s Style

Dekel, Edan, 2000, Reciting Latin Verse

Pepper, Timothy, 2009, Teaching the Ancient Greek Optative and Subjunctive by Staging Cultural Practice

Short, William, 2005, Experiments in Communicative Latin

College of Engineering

Siauw, Ko-Ay Timmy, 2009, The E7 Robot Tournament

Comparative Literature

Chihaya, Sarah, 2012, References without Referents (Or, How My Class Learned to Start Worrying and Love Thomas Pynchon)

Dimova, Polina, 2008, The Theory Scare: Teaching Students How to Grasp Abstract Ideas

Elkins, Kate, 2000, Non-Standard Approaches to Post-modernist Literature

Gold, Lael, 2003, An Epic in Miniature: Collaborations on a Thesis

Greenwald, Jordan, 2014, Interpretation as Staging: A Lesson in Dramatic Literature

Kaletzky, Marianne, 2015, Translating from Shakespeare to Modernism: An Experiment in How Form Affects Meaning

Ramey, James, 2007, Making it Fun: Framing Literary Discussion as a Social Practice

Scholl, Caitlin, 2016, Helping Students Master Research: Scavenger Hunts as a Learning Tool in the R1B Classroom

Schwartz, Selby, 2001, “Is Ariel the same as the Little Mermaid?”

Computer Science

Shankar, Ajeet, 2003, The Zen of Reductions (How to Understand Computers by Becoming One)

E

East Asian Languages and Cultures

Coderre, Laurence, 2014, Moving Beyond Plot Summary: Doing Things with Words

Economics

Cattaneo, Matias, 2007, Teaching Students with Diverse Backgrounds

Hlatshwayo, Sandile, 2015, The Tipping Point: Encouraging Inclusive Participation through Productive Failure in a Highly Diverse Student Setting

McGraw, Marquise, 2012, Incorporating Active Learning and Technology into Teaching Economics

Education

Alexander, Sereeta, 2008, Creating Collaborative In-Class Activities: Minimizing Diffusion of Responsibility and Disinterest during Group Work

Beatriz Brando, 2016, Building a Better Review Session through Active Learning

Richard, Anne Marie, 2000, Not Exactly Dick and Jane: Using Children’s Books to Make Theory Accessible

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

DeNero, John, 2008, Now Students, Don’t Forget to Play your Video Games

Knight, Nicholas, 2014, Help Them Help Themselves!

Energy and Resources Group

Jackson, Stacy, 2011, An Effective Review Session (without Teaching to the Test)

English

Cecire, Natalia, 2009, Creating a Research Community

Cheng, Mai-Lin, 2002, Monstrous Texts: Overcoming Resistance to Literature

Cordes Selbin, Jesse, 2014, Empowering Learning: History, Collaboratively

Cronquist Browning, Catherine, 2010, Ethical Engagement: Practical Solutions for Addressing Plagiarism in the Writing Classroom

Fleishman, Kathryn, 2015, To Risk an Argument: Tweeting towards Independent Theses in English R1B

Gehlawat, Monica, 2007, Critical Objectivity and Sentence Style Improvement

Gravendyk, Hilary, 2008, Poetry and the Scientific Method

Huang, Lynn, 2011, Anatomy of an Essay

Johnson, Kimberly, 2002, The Renaissance Lyric Poem as Pop Culture

Mangin, Sarah, 2013, Elusive Allusions: Discovering Kafka in Coetzee

Mansouri, Leila, 2016, Literary Scholarship as Cocktail Party: Bringing Students into the Conversation

Mead, Christopher, 2012, Sacrifice and Literature (declined to publish)

Sergi, Matthew, 2010, A People’s History of the English Language: Dialect Communities

Takada, Mayumi, 2004, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Literature but Were Afraid to Ask the Saturday Evening Post: or, How Literature is Like Math

von Morzé, Leonard, 2006, Sources Into Evidence; or, Rethinking the Research Requirement in R & C Courses

Xin, Wendy, 2013, X-Axis, Y-Axis, and Zzzz’s: Plotting Narrative at 8 AM

Zemgulys, Andrea, 2000, From Description to Analysis

Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Heddle, Amanda, 2003, Development of an Inquiry-Based Activity from a Content Intensive Curriculum

Kidder, Allison, 2011, Bringing Concepts to Life through Field Trips

Krasnow, Kevin, 2012, Understanding Long-Term Ecological Change with Tree Rings

Owley, Jessica, 2004, Social Science Meets Physical Science

Schwartz, Sonja, 2012, (home department Molecular and Cell Biology), Beyond Bean Counting: A New Laboratory to Teach the Concepts of Microevolution

Epidemiology

Bensadoun, Jennifer, 2001, Research Methods Applied to Public Health Topics: Using Breakout Groups to Foster Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

Ethnic Studies

Randazzo, Timothy, 2005, A New Approach to Teaching and Learning

F

Film Studies

Combs, Charles Scott, 2003, Writers into Readers

French

Anderson, Connie, 2001, Hands-on Experience of French Irony

Bilis, Hélène , 2004, Giving a New Tune to Grammar

Divita, David, 2008, Shaking up the Standard in a Course on French Phonetics

Hellmich, Emily A., 2015, Becoming Your Own Dictionary: Increasing Participation and Communicative Confidence through Semiotic Brainstorming (home department Education)

Szarke, Margot, 2013, Making and Supporting an Argument

Zupsich, Gina, 2010, Free in Theory: Teaching Gender in Historical Perspective

G

Geography

Hicks, Susan, 2006, Getting on the Same Page

German

Warner, Chantelle, 2003, Putting the Text Back in Text Book

H

History

Hamilton, Emily, 2010, Playing Teacher: Adding Predictive Power to Students Toolboxes

Jasper, Kathryn, 2009, The Fourth Crusade Charges into the Classroom

Kaborycha, Lisa, 2003, Teaching History Students to Read Between the Lines

Leyba, Ashley, 2013, Expanding the Classroom: Using bSpace to Encourage Student-Driven Discussion

McCarty, Heather, 2001, Journals: The Key to Small Group Participation

McNeill, Karen, 2005, The Undergraduate Research Paper

Replogle Sheffer, Edith, 2002, Creating Coherence with Conceptual Maps

Sargent, Matthew, 2006, Teaching the “Errors of the Past”

Scott, William, 2004, The Campus as Laboratory: Teaching Students to Think Historically About the Built Environment

History of Art

Becker, Catherine, 2004, Making a Connection to the Distant Past

Cassibry, Kimberly, 2004, Teaching Roman Monuments

Coleman, William, 2012, Self-Portraiture as a Teaching Tool

Courtois de Vicose, Alexandra, 2015, What Is It to Truly “See” and How to Deal with the Unseen

Underhill, Justin, 2008, The Power of Observation in situ (by Proxy)

Yau, Elaine, 2014, Starting with Art for the First Time

I

Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Punj, Gaurav, 2003, Think Out of the Box

Siddiq, Auyon, 2015, Bridging Mathematical Models and Managerial Decisions

Integrative Biology

Armstrong, Eric, 2016, Everyone Loves a Good Argument: Encouraging the Use of Programming Languages in Biology

Benca, Jeffrey, 2013, Teaching Students “Street Smarts” Necessary for Navigating Peer-Reviewed Literature

Clark, Christopher, 2009, Improving Biology Papers through Peer Review

Cunningham, Sarah, 2003, Teaching an Uncommon Sense

Goodrich, Maria, 2007, Using a Focal Organism as a Teaching Tool in General Biology

Kauffman, Alexander, 2000, Teaching to Different Modes of Learning

Kitamata-Wong, Britney, 2015, A Clinical Approach to Human Anatomy (home department Optometry)

McGuire, Jennifer, 2007, Instilling Effective Study Skills in Students: Start Early, Know Your Weaknesses

O’Brien, Terry, 2000, An Example of the Use of Frameworks in Skills-Based Learning

Shade, Jessica, 2010, Encouraging Deep Learning in an Introductory Course

Springthorpe, Dwight, 2015, Interdisciplinary Team Peer-to-Peer Learning with Guided Inquiry

Thomsen, Meredith, 2003, Groupwritten

Vendetti, Jann, 2008, Understanding Biological Shape with Pipe Cleaners: An Exercise in Integrating Multiple Learning Styles

Wedel, Mathew, 2004, How to Encourage Lecture Attendance through Discussion Activities

International and Area Studies

Scoggins, Suzanne, 2014, (home department Political Science), Encouraging Full Participation in Section

J

Jurisprudence and Social Policy

Painter, Genevieve, 2014, Consensus Techniques for Learning Together

Koehler, Johann, 2016, The Feedback Loop: When Less is More, and When More is Less

Smith, Tobias, 2015, Attending to Attendance

L

Latin American Studies

Reyes Arias, Alejandro, 2005, The Challenge of Thinking Historically

Legal Studies

Lebsack, Sonya, 2007, Teaching Critical Skills in Legal Studies

Linguistics

Babel, Molly, 2008, Externalizing Analyses and Bridging Sub-disciplines

Chang, Charles, 2009, Fun with Phonetics on a Saturday: Bringing Linguistics Up to Date with the Other Sciences

Johnson, Jennifer, 2013, (home department Education), Engaging with the Thesis Statement: Developing Metacognitive Skills in the Classroom through Peer Sharing, Peer Review, and Self-Review

Stark, Tammy, 2015, The Semester-Long Research Project Reimagined

M

Materials Science and Engineering

Kohen, Naomi, 2008, The Kitchen as a Laboratory

Kumar, Rajan, 2016, Introducing Students to Scientific Writing in E45 Lab Sections

Trahanovsky, Mary, 2006, Motivating Students with Choice

Mathematics & Statistics

Borooah, Gautam, 2004, When Wrong is All Right

Clayton, Aubrey, 2005, The Meaning Behind the Symbols

Hengesbach, Conrad, 2012, The Challenges of Teaching in Summer Session

Nieh, Ari, 2006, Dispelling the Fear of Proofs

Tabrizian, Peyam, 2013, The Advantages of Rearranging the Topics Covered in a Course

Theerakarn, Thunwa, 2014, Developing Interactive Applets to Help Students Visualize Multivariable Calculus

Champney, Danielle, 2010, (home department Education), Using Prediction, Competition, and Reflection to Make Connections in Calculus II

Bandyopadhyay, Antar, 2002, Mathematics: The Universal Language of Science

Diesl, Alexander, 2003, Breaking the Mathematical Language Barrier

Sankaran, Viswanath, 2002, Demystifying the Thought Process

Mechanical Engineering

Cheng, A. S. (Ed), 2001, Teaching My Students to Fish

Masanet, Eric, 2001, Incorporating Design-for-Environment into the Undergraduate Product Design Curriculum

Oehlberg, Lora, 2010, A Hands-On Approach to User Interface Prototyping

Sparrey, Carolyn, 2007, Implementing the Scientific Learning Cycle in the Confines of a Classroom

Molecular and Cell Biology

Arpaia, Nicholas, 2009, Training Molecular MacGyvers Using the Immunologists Toolbox

Bliss, Daniel, 2013, (home department Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute), Fostering the Ability to Think Like an Experimenter in a Lecture Course

Chou, Seemay, 2009, Teaching Young Scientists to Speak the Way They Think

Dumont, Sophie, 2004, Motivating a Broad Audience with Research

Endres, James, 2003, Science Education: Focus on Core Analytical Skills

Figueroa-Clarevega, Alejandro, 2011, Building the Big Picture

Freedman, Benjamin, 2006, Teaching Mitosis and Meiosis Using Metaphor and Play-Acting

Kurd, Nadia, 2014, A Solution for Inclusion: Keeping Advanced Students Stimulated Without Leaving Others Behind

Miroshnikova , Yekaterina , 2013, (home department Bioengineering), Breaking Down the Barriers Inhibiting Effective Learning Environments

Powell, Jennifer, 2001, Transforming Quizzes into Teaching and Learning Tools

Schwab, Susan, 2002, Players in the Pathway

Shank, Elizabeth, 2003, Emphasizing Concepts in a Yeast Genetics Laboratory

Spudich, Giulietta, 2001, Linking Theory and Experiment in a Biochemistry Lab

Ullman, Julie, 2010, Teaching Students How to Create a Picture Worth a Thousand Words

Zeitler, Bryan, 2003, Using the Peer-Review Process to Stimulate Classroom Discussion

Music

Basini, Laura, 2002, Musical Form and Active Learning

Current, Brian, 2000, Hearing John Cage: An Approach to Introducing Ambient Music

Esse, Melina, 2001, I Love to Listen to Music, But I Don’t Know Anything About It

Frey, Emily, 2011, Teaching Basic Musicianship: An Ode to Chaos

Gelbart, Mathew, 2000, Cultural and Communicative Approaches to Teaching Music

Markham, Michael, 2005, Bringing Opera Closer to Home

Nisnevich, Anna, 2004, Music and Multi Media: Staging Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Rivera, Francesca, 2003, If “Writing about Music Is like Dancing About Architecture,” Maybe It’s Time to Draw

Watkins, Holly, 2001, Musical Representation and Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

N

Near Eastern Studies

Escobar. Eduardo, 2016, Live Digital Translation for Dead Languages

Kiser, Deanna, 2001, Understanding the Lives of Ancient Egyptians

Langin-Hooper, Stephanie, 2011, Multi-Sensory Windows into Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology

Saleh, Heidi, 2003, Revitalizing and Contemporizing Ancient Literature

P

Philosophy

Crawford, Lindsay, 2013, Confidence and the Character of Discussion: Attending to Framing Effects

Physics

Albanna, Badr, 2005, Getting in Touch with Your Inner Physicist

Bruno, Paul, 2009, (home department Education), Helping Students Learn (and Effectively Use) What They Already Know

Lu, Yi-Chuan, 2016, Improving Board Work with Colors

Plant and Microbial Biology

Bruenn, Riva, 2016, Plant Morphology is Just a Game

Coppinger, J. Peter, 2003, Slimemolds vs. the MCATs

Slotkin, Richard Keith, 2005, Designing a Better Laboratory Course

Political Science

Akturk, Sener, 2009, Negotiating European Integration Yourself: Role Playing, Simulations, and Counterfactuals in Teaching Political Science

Dosh, Paul, 2000, Encouraging and Affirming Diverse Forms of Class Participation

Ferretti, Natalia, 2001, Do Our Students Understand the Relevance of What We Are Teaching Them?

Fisher, Mark, 2012, Providing Skills, Not Summaries: Improving Reading Comprehension in Political Theory

Haig, Kenneth, 2006, Finding Ways that Everyone can Contribute, Creatively: Using Visual Learning Techniques and Small Group Exercises to Promote Cooperative Learning

Herrera, Veronica, 2007, Reversing Roles: How Would Your Students Devise a Section Lesson Plan?

Lerman, Amy, 2005, It Said What?: Reading Critically for Bias and Point of View

Pearson, Kathryn, 2002, Bringing Home the Bacon: Navigating the Congressional Budget Process

Purcell, Jason, 2009, Teaching the 3-Speed Class

Radwin, David, 2004, Learning By Doing: Using Simulations to Teach Political Science

Sinek, Wendy, 2006, Conquering “40% of the Grade”: Interactive Strategies for Helping Students Prepare for Comprehensive Final Exams

Psychology

Boucher, Helen, 2002, Helping Students Understand Prejudice

Gard, David, 2002, Developing a Substantive Understanding of the Concepts of Normality and Pathology

Zalecki, Christine, 2003, Practice Matters: The Design and Teaching of an Introductory Clinical Seminar

Public Health

Frenkel, Oron, 2005, Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries through Drama

Harris, Zoe, 2009, From Theory to Obama: Innovative Teaching Methods to Increase Participation

Paleo, Lyn, 2003, Incorporating Practice into Theory-Based Curriculum

Rubin, Anna, 2013, Policy Consulting Simulations as a Tool for Understanding and Applying Economic Concepts

Tanner, Sean, 2011, A “Tradeoffs” Method for Soliciting Student Feedback

Public Policy

Lambert, Christian, 2016, Deploying General Rubrics to Preclude the Pitfalls of Grading

Yuan, Alexandria, 2016, Ethics Beyond the Textbook

R

Rhetoric

Srinivasan, Ragini Tharoor, 2015, Staging the Exchange: Learning to Read and Write Beyond Similarity and Opposition

Yost, Benjamin, 2005, Becoming a Better Socrates

S

Scandinavian

Olsen, Carl, 2007, Creative Writing and the Horizon of Expectations

Sterling, Nichole, 2006, Creativity in the Composition Classroom

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Kayiatos, Anastasia, 2010, (Feminist) Dreams Really Do Come True

Somoff, Victoria, 2004, Writing an Epistolary Novel in a Heritage Speaker Class

Social Welfare

Morazes, Jennifer, 2009, Why Dont They Just Go Get Help Themselves? Illustrating the Challenges of Accessing Social Services

Sociology

Benson, Elzbieta, 2004, Increased Class Participation: Accommodating for Diverse Styles and Skills

Elliott, Rebecca, 2012, Maximizing the Impact of GSI Feedback through Reflections on Writing

Fidan Elcioglu, Ermine, 2011, Reading Theory with Courage: One Way to Teach Critical Reading Skills

Hayes, William, 2001, Teaching Bourdieu: Observing the Habitus in Sites of Consumption

Herring, Chris, 2015, Sketching Social Theory Collectively

Macdonald, Sarah, 2008, Encouraging Critical Thinking through Exam Preparation

Purser, Gretchen, 2003, Theory as Map

Steward, Shelly, 2015, Integrating Sociology into Students’ Lives through Twitter

Villa-Lobos, Ana, 2003, How to “Show” Sociology in an Academic World of “Telling”

Westbrook, Laurel, 2007, Drawing to Learn: One Way to Teach to Multiple Learning Styles

South and Southeast Asian Studies

Dar, Huma, 2003, Re-membering Our Histories, Re-visioning Our Histories, Re-writing Our Selves

Paramasivan, Vasudha, 2005, “Telling” Tales: The Quest for Meaning in Indian Folklore

Parson, Rahul Bjørn, 2010, Language Pedagogy as a Group Effort

Spanish and Portuguese

Becker Quinn, Mary, 2002, Charting the Plot of “La Noche Boca Arriba”

V

Vision Science

Ng, Jason, 2006, Utilizing a Unifying Experiment to Enhance Conceptual Integration

Piazza, Elise, 2014, Achieving Widespread Participation through Evidence-Based Classroom Discourse

Su, James, 2007, Stretching the Field of View