Two English Faculty Win Teaching Awards

In May we honored our graduating seniors and MA and PhD students. But we’re also please to have two of our faculty member honored for their teaching.

Holly Dugan, assistant professor of English, is the recipient of a Bender Teaching Award for outstanding teaching for the year 2011, in the general recognition category. Endowed by Morton A. Bender, the Bender Awards are presented annually to faculty selected by a committee of their peers in recognition of their efforts as teachers.

Gayle Wald, professor and Chair of English, was chosen as this year’s Robert W. Kenny Prize recipient. The prize is offered to a faculty member in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences who is considered to be an outstanding teacher and has inspired students by teaching in creative, innovative ways.

This is nice recognition for Holly and me, but really–virtually all English faculty are wonderful teachers! I’m reminded of that fact as I read through student evaluations of teaching for this year. Truly, it is wonderful to be reminded again and again of how our faculty encourage and push our students, and how our students learn and grow through their coursework. In every stack of evaluations I read, at least one (and usually several) student wrote, “Great course!” “Best I have had at GW!”

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