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Graduate Teaching Associate Award

The Philosophy Graduate Teaching Associate Award is intended to recognize exceptional teaching provided by a graduate teaching associate.  A cash prize will be awarded to the winner.

Nominations for the Graduate Teaching Associate Award are solicited from students, peers, and faculty.  A graduate student can also nominate him/herself for this award.

Eligibility Requirements:

1. A nominee must be a currently enrolled Graduate Student (in good
standing) in the OSU Department of Philosophy.

2. A nominee must have taught at least two courses as the primary
instructor (NOT as a teaching assistant).    

The Teaching Evaluation Committee, in consultation with the Chair, will determine the winner each year.  The committee reviews all submissions and selects a winner based on the nomination form, SEI evaluations by students, and feedback from the GTA’s supervisor.

Previous GTA award winners are not eligible.

A nominated GTA should exhibit some or all of the following criteria:

  • use of varied teaching techniques appropriate to course content and students
  • superior organizational skills in relation to course development and management
  • ability to stimulate thinking and develop understanding among students
  • excellent knowledge of and enthusiasm for course subject matter
  • resourcefulness in presenting course material
  • willingness to solicit and ability to reflect on feedback about teaching and implement changes for improvement
  • ability to demonstrate that their course(s) resulted in significant student learning

Graduate Teaching Associate Award Winners


Nathan Dowell


Pranav Ambardekar


Ali Aenehzodaee and Zoe Ashton. 


Erin Mercurio


Paul Robinson


Evan Thomas


Hope Sample and Jamie Fritz


Andrew Kissel

Brian McLean and Christa Johnson

Scott Brown

Owen King

Wes Cray

Steve Brown