Golden Apple Teaching Awards

In 1991 the Division of Social Sciences established the Golden Apple Award to recognize outstanding teaching in the division. The award includes a $2,500 cash prize and a beautiful plaque. The Dean of Social Sciences selects the recipient from a list of recommendations compiled by a faculty committee based on nominations submitted by department chairs.

2016 Golden Apple Award Recipient

Professor Mayanthi Fernando in the Department of Anthropology is this year's Golden Apple Award.

In 1991 the Division of Social Sciences established the Golden Apple Award to recognize outstanding teaching in the division. The Dean of Social Sciences selects the recipient from a list of recommendations compiled by a faculty committee based on nominations submitted by department chairs. This year the selection committee was chaired by Professor Maureen Callanan and included Professors Kent Eaton and Steve McKay.

Professor Fernando’s pedagogical focus on critical thinking and writing in her courses has helped her students gain key skills in ethnographic analysis. She is a gifted ethnographer and students appreciate the way that Professor Fernando is able to bring her ethnographic knowledge into the classroom. They also appreciate her enthusiasm for the material she is presenting. Students find her friendly, helpful, available and accessible outside the classroom, both in office hours and by e-mail. In her advanced seminars, she is a fantastic facilitator, asking probing and challenging questions that provoke students to think deeply about the material and to clarify their thoughts about and analysis of the material. In their comments students consistently remarked that her course was a “fantastic class” incorporating “well planned and structured lectures” with a “very knowledgeable”, “truly amazing” “awesome” instructor.

Professor Fernando is a very effective research and writing coach. Her senior seminar utilized case studies to address questions of secular governance and comparative forms of political life. She received overwhelmingly positive reviews – 100% rated her enthusiasm for subject and for teaching as excellent as well as the quality of feedback on submitted work. As a writing intensive course, students appreciated her comments on their writing such that one student remarked about her interventions “elevated my writing to the next level” and another student noted it “felt like I achieved something.”

Professor Fernando is an outstanding teacher and mentor who is deeply respected by both her students and her peers.

 

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