Pedagogical Mentorship Award

Submit a nomination for the Pedagogical Mentorship Award

Each year, graduate students will be asked to nominate a faculty member who has served as a teaching inspiration and mentor. The faculty member is someone who has served as an official or unofficial teaching mentor.

Nominees will be considered according to the following criteria:

1. Evidence of mentorship (as represented by the demonstration of effective and innovative teaching, one-on-one guidance, willingness to share expertise, and engagement with graduate teaching assistants).
2. Evidence of leadership (as represented by positions held in department related to graduate student teaching development, presentations to graduate students, participation in co-teaching, observations, or other endeavors designed to improve graduate student teaching).

Mentors cannot “self-nominate.” All mentors must be nominated by graduate students from their departments.

Nominations are due by March 1, 2019 and the university community will be notified of the winner on April 1, 2019. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Hall at

Submit a nomination for the Pedagogical Mentorship Award

2018 Award Winner

Dr. Elizabeth Lopez, Associate Professor, English

Dr. Elizabeth Lopez coordinates graduate teaching assistants as the English Department’s Director of Lower Division Studies. Dr. Lopez received her nomination from a GTA who wrote “her devotion to our pedagogical development spilled over through the required LDS meetings and all the coursework I took with her. Whenever possible, I try to sign up for my teaching portfolio review with Dr. Lopez, because I value the way she thinks through my teaching and helps me consider my coursework strategically.” Further, the teaching assistant said that she has a “generosity of spirit,” “great humility,” and an ability to “ignite a passion in” her students.

Dr. Elizabeth Lopez Bio >

Questions about this award can be sent to Jennifer Hall:

Previous Winners

2017: Dr. Sandra Dwyer, Principal Senior Lecturer, Philosophy
2016: Mindy Stombler, Principle Senior Lecturer, Sociology