Showing posts with label teaching awards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label teaching awards. Show all posts

Friday, February 22, 2013

Professor Hsy Wins WID Distinguished Teaching Award

Professor Jonathan Hsy has been awarded the first Writing in the Disciplines (WID) Distinguished Teaching Award.  In her announcement of this new and prestigious award, Professor Rachel Riedner of the University Writing Program and Women's Studies wrote,

"I am very pleased to announce that the winner of the Writing in the Disciplines Distinguished Teaching Award this year is Jonathan Hsy, Assistant Professor of English in CCAS.  Professor Hsy has shown dedication to WID since he arrived at GW. This dedication is evident in his course materials where Professor Hsy provides carefully staged frameworks for students to undertake close reading projects with difficult critical texts. Moreover, he provides direction with peer review assignments so that students in his courses can guide each other through the writing process. And, finally, Professor Hsy's assiduous comments on drafts and final papers enable students to learn as writers."


Professor Hsy contributes to the department’s larger vision for WID at several levels.  First, he has taught at the introductory level, in English 51 (now English 1410), which is the first half of the British Literature survey.  Students—many of whom go on to become English majors after their experience in such a course—learn to appreciate a wide array of medieval and early modern texts in this course, and their writing is largely focused on close reading of literary texts, critical analysis of those texts, and argumentative style.  Second, Professor Hsy regularly teaches the required course for all English majors, Critical Methods (he is, in fact, teaching this course in the current semester).  Critical Methods (English 2800, formerly 120) is a key WID course for English, as the interpretive and writing skills students acquire in it ideally animate all the other courses they take in the department (or in other departments if they are taking the course in conjunction with another major).  Professor Hsy has approached his Critical Methods classes thematically, having students read critical theory, for example, alongside the theme “Reading Romance” in earlier semesters or alongside the theme “Medieval Writing, Modern Theory” in the current semester.  Early writing in Critical Methods entails working with both theory and literature—close reading of passages is key for Professor Hsy, but so is the interpretation of “keywords" in writers such as Freud or Marx.  An extensively revised and peer-workshopped essay concludes this course and serves, for Professor Hsy, as a “synthesis” essay, bringing together students’ writing as interpreters of literature and skillful readers of theory.  Third, as students emerge into upper-level classes in the department, WID courses are important across the board; Professor Hsy has taught both “Special Topics in Literature” (English 3810, formerly English 172) and “Medieval Literature” (English 3420, formerly English 113) as WID courses.  Students have responded to these classes with extreme enthusiasm (with one student, who was among those supporting Professor Hsy for the award, essentially saying she wishes she had taken more medievalist because of his effective writing instruction). Finally, Professor Hsy is an extremely effective mentor, working closely with a number of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) who have been involved with the WID program.

Congratulations Professor Hsy!  Your colleagues and students are so proud to have you as a member of our academic community.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"Evil" Inspires (When Taught by Prof. Carrillo)

Had you taken Prof. Carrillo's class on "Evil," you, too, could have written about Marilyn Manson.

 For this post, I'll just quote at length from GW student Ali Peters, writing in Monday's Hatchet:
It began with Marilyn Manson. One of my first college assignments was to dissect the lyrics to “The Beautiful People.”
For a kid coming from a suburban high school where slapstick poet Billy Collins and artist Salvador Dalí were considered controversial, Manson’s “The Beautiful People” brought education to a whole new level. I was completely out of my league.
Filing through YouTube videos of zombies, women in lacy straight jackets and dental torture devices, I began to wonder: Was this professor serious? It was the first time I had ever heard of shock rock, and as it was chock-full of cryptic one-liners like, “Hate every motherfucker that’s in your way.” I was definitely shocked.
The class was called “Evil.” Looking back, it’s not surprising that the simple, one-word nomenclature in itself prompted so many eager students to register for the course. The professor asked us to call him by his first name, so Hache quickly became the subject of my weekly phone calls home. Evil is where I was introduced to what would be a never-ending slew of ‘ism’s, like Panopticism and other concepts I had never encountered before. Every class was an adventure, whether we were picking apart Manson or debating post-Columbine massacre literature. I was excited and challenged. I finally felt like I had arrived. I was in college.
High praise indeed for Prof. H.G. Carrillo, affectionately known to students by his first initial. Students considering their spring schedules should consider Prof. Carrillo's ENGL 1310, "Critical Readings in English," a course that will focus on the short story and on techniques of literary analysis. The course will be held Mondays and Wednesday at 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

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!"

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Two English Professors nominated for Professor of the Year

Prof. Lisa Page
GW English creative writing faculty members Lisa Page and Faye Moskowitz were both nominated for the 2010 Professor of the Year, a distinction awarded by the University's 450 student athletes. 

Prof. Moskowitz and Prof. Page are among the 25 nominees, while Prof. Page is one of 6 finalists! (Does this sound like March Madness?)

According to Karen Ercole, executive director of academic assistance for GW Athletics, eligible student athletes vote on professors who have demonstrated a commitment to their success in the classroom. Profs. Page and Moskowitz will be honored at a special halftime program during the GW men's basketball game against the University of Richmond on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 7. During the program, the winner of the 2010 Professor of the Year award will be announced. 

We hope to see Prof. Page at mid-court at the Smith Center on the 9th!