Van Winkle Honored with Teaching Assistant Award

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Clinton Van Winkle, an undergraduate student majoring in civil and environmental engineering, is one of 30 teaching assistants who received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2013-14. Winners receive a certificate of achievement and $1,000. They were honored at an award reception on Wednesday, May 7.

In opening remarks, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Beth Ingram spoke to the teaching assistants about the role they play at a leading research university.

“You have a deeper influence than you might think—convincing a student she can learn calculus, persuading someone to major in philosophy or political science, helping a student see the world differently,” Ingram said. “You form the backbone of what we do, and I deeply value the commitment that each of you has made to our students and to the University of Iowa.”

Shelly Campo, chair of the Council on Teaching, says that “selecting and honoring these outstanding TAs is one of the most important things we do as a Council. These excellent teachers play a key role in carrying out the university’s mission. Most importantly, they’ve each made a real difference to the undergraduates in their classrooms.”

The awardees are teaching assistants who taught for at least one semester during the spring, summer, or fall of 2013. Nominations for the awards were sought from students, faculty, colleagues, departmental officers, and deans.

The Council on Teaching has presented the awards each year since 1988.