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Tim Vickers shakes Jayson Wollmann's hand during the 2017 GAOTA ceremony. Wollmann was on this year's selection committee.

Tim Vickers shakes Jayson Wollmann's hand during the 2017 GAOTA ceremony. Wollmann was on this year's selection committee.

Photographer: Kara Frisina

Dana Williams accepts her GAOTA certificate at this year's ceremony.

Dana Williams accepts her GAOTA certificate at this year's ceremony.

Photographer: Kara Frisina

Daniel Carbaugh accepts his award at the 2017 GAOTA ceremony.

Daniel Carbaugh accepts his award at the 2017 GAOTA ceremony.

Photographer: Kara Frisina

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Recipients of the 2017 Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award honored


On Thursday, April 13, four graduate students were presented with the Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award (GAOTA) during the annual ceremony in Alden Library’s Faculty Commons. The GAOTA program was established in 1987 to recognize excellent teaching in graduate teaching assistants at the University. Each recipient receives a $500 stipend and a framed certificate to commemorate the occasion.

“The Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award is unique, not just here at OHIO, but across the nation,” said Tim Vickers, director of the Center for Teaching & Learning. “This award program truly embodies and makes visible the remarkable work that our graduate teaching assistants do as instructors at our university, and I am very proud to be associated with it.”

Unlike other universities with similar events, the selection process at OHIO is conducted entirely by undergraduate students who volunteer their time to serve on the selection committee. This committee then interviews the top nominees and selects the four winners that are chosen annually.

“I’m humbled by this award because I was nominated by my students,” said Steve Granelli, one of this year’s recipients. “If there’s one thing I’m always conscious of, it’s not taking my students’ attention for granted, and making sure they leave every class knowing more than they did walking in.”

The 2017 GAOTA recipients are:

Shehzad Ahmed, Mathematics
Ahmed is currently teaching Survey of Calculus at the University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics. “The reason receiving this award is exciting is because students are the ones who have a final say in the process,” said Ahmed. “That means I’ve managed to leave students with a positive experience of a mathematics class, and that is just cool.”

Daniel Carbaugh, Electrical Engineering
Presently, Carbaugh is teaching Introduction to Computer Engineering. He received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from OHIO and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the same area. “I am very excited to receive this award because it shows that my students appreciate all of the time and effort I put into the class,” said Carbaugh. “The best part about teaching is getting to know all of the bright students who pass through the College.”

Steve Granelli, Communication Studies
Granelli is currently teaching Principles of Public Speaking at OHIO. He is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Communication Studies department in rhetoric and public culture track. He will receive his Ph.D. from OHIO this summer and will start as an assistant professor at Northeastern University in Boston this fall.

Dana Williams, Geography
Right now, Williams is a teaching assistant (TA) for Advanced Spatial Analysis and GIS Applications. She will be graduating with her master’s degree in geography this semester, with a focus on geomorphology and GIS. “I am the first TA from the geography department to receive this award at Ohio University,” said Williams. “I can’t explain how honored I am to be representing the department in this way. We have outstanding TAs across the board and I’m just a reflection of that.”



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