Graduate Teaching Assistants Honored

Release Date: May 09 2018

The UF Graduate School honored outstanding performance among its graduate teaching assistants at the 2017-2018 Graduate Student Teaching Awards ceremony on April 23, 2018 at University Auditorium on the UF campus.

This year’s winners, nominated by their departments and chosen by committee review of nominee teaching philosophy statements and recommendations, were:

  • Hypatia Bolivar – Psychology
  • Keith Copenhaver – Mathematics
  • Jeff Drushal – Theatre and Dance
  • Cacey Farnsworth – History
  • Natalie Hagler – Teaching and Learning
  • Sungwon Kim – Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management
  • Carolynn Komanski – Agricultural Education and Communication
  • Marcela Murillo – Spanish & Portuguese Studies
  • Anastasia Pantazopoulou – Classics
  • Katy Robinson – Public Relations
  • Mary Roca – English
  • Tiffany Rogers-Randolph – Agricultural Education and Communication
  • Jake Rosenzweig – Physics
  • Amanda Rutherford – Architecture
  • Yasemin Sakarya – Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
  • Gabriel Short – Chemistry
  • Ryan Thomson – Sociology and Criminology & Law
  • Andrew Welton – History

Also given at the ceremony was this year’s Calvin A. VanderWerf Award for Excellence in Teaching, named for a past dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (1971-1978):

  • Cristina Korb – Mathematics
  • Alexandra Lavrentovich – Linguistics

This year’s winners well represent the track record of excellence in scholarship, research and service that distinguishes graduate education at the University of Florida.