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Graduate Teaching Recognition Ceremony

The inaugural Boston College Graduate Teaching Recognition Ceremony took place on May 4th in Gasson 100. Following the established tradition of the Donald J. White Teaching Awards, the ceremony honored the unique contribution of graduate student teachers to the BC community by recognizing the achievements of both the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award Winners and graduates of the CTE’s Apprenticeship in College Teaching (ACT) Program.

Some 150 friends, family and faculty mentors were in attendance to congratulate and support the 49 Teaching Excellence Award Winners and the 13 ACT Graduates.

On behalf of the academic community Vice-Provost for Faculties Professor Patricia DeLeeuw thanked the graduate students for the important role they play in the educational experience of BC undergraduates. CTE Executive Director John Rakestraw paid tribute to the White Award winners for valuing their critical role in supporting the educational development of their students; he also praised the graduates of the ACT program for taking the time to reflect deeply on their practice and craft as teachers.

The Ceremony concluded with an impassioned speech from Teaching Excellence Award Winner Renata Love Jones, on her journey of understanding how teaching and learning are intertwined.  As a PhD student at the Lynch School of Education learning new approaches to the classroom from her faculty mentors, she spoke of how her teaching practice at BC gave her the opportunity to understand her academic studies more deeply from the perspective of her students.

Teaching Excellence Award Winners & ACT program Graduates

Carroll School Of Management

  • Callen Anthony

Connell School Of Nursing

  • Colleen Taylor
  • Katherine O'Connor

Lynch School Of Education

  • Renata Love Jones
  • Wen-Chia Chang
  • Jennifer Fauci         
  • María González-Howard
  • Adam McCready

Graduate School Of Arts And Sciences

  • Sarah Erickson       
  • Ben Wheat
  • Mary Ann Collins       
  • Margaret Bennett
  • Daniel Beringer
  • Gabriel Lovinger      
  • Ryan Morrison
  • Sheila Namirembe      
  • Breanna Zerfas
  • Mark Aparece
Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Martha Parsons     
  • William Montz
  • Pierre de Leo    
  • Lauren Velasco
  • Alyssa Bellows      
  • Amelie Daigle
  • Craig Gallagher    
  • Whitney Abernathy
  • Thomas Crawford        
  • Cihan Soylu
  • Maria Fox      
  • Cristina Mullican
  • Margaret Turnbull      
  • Matthew Clemente
  • Melissa Fitzpatrick    
  • Carlin Menzin
  • Bryan Rachmilowitz   
  • Luciano Silvestri
Political Science
  • Peter NeCastro      
  • Rachel Pagano  
  • Tim Brennan
  • Jessica Karanian
Romance Languages & Literatures
  • Madeline Campbell      
  • Michael Farkas
  • Laura Gagliardi     
  • Jessica Cordova
Slavic & Eastern Languages & Literatures
  • Matt Destruel
  • Julie Bates      
  • Selen Yanmaz
  • Robert Brodrick       
  • Jessica Coblentz

About The Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Awards

The Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Awards program was established to underscore and reinforce the pursuit of teaching excellence in graduate Teaching Fellows and Teaching Assistants at Boston College. They are named in honor of former Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Donald J. White, who served from 1971 to 1994, and displayed a deep commitment both to Graduate Students and to teaching excellence across the School.

  • Jessica Coblentz (Theology)
  • Matthew Delvaux (History)
  • Kyle DeMeo Cook (LSOE)
  • Diana Hubbard (Mathematics)
  • Rev. Antuan Ilgit (Theology - STM)
  • Lauren Meyer (Biology)
  • Nathaniel Peters (Theology)
  • Beth Romano (Mathematics)
  • Chen Shen (LSOE)
  • Jacqueline Sims (LSOE)
  • Kate Ward (Theology)
  • Gary Winslett (Political Science)
  • Adam Wunische (Political Science)

About The Apprenticeship In College Teaching Program

The Apprenticeship in College Teaching (ACT) Program prepares students for professional careers in higher education. The program combines a series of teaching seminars with independent work conducting class observations and developing teaching materials. ACT Seminars bring graduate students together across disciplines to engage important pedagogical questions, and classroom observations allow for discipline-specific discussion with faculty mentors in the student’s department.