UW Political Science PhD student and teaching assistant Jared Stewart receives the 2017 University of Washington Excellence in Teaching Award. This teaching award is given annually to two graduate student teaching assistants or instructors from the entire Seattle campus. Thus, receiving an Excellence in Teaching Award is one of the highest teaching recognitions at the University of Washington. The Department of Political Science is honored to count dedicated instructors like Jared Stewart as one of our own. Political Science Department Chair Professor George Lovell notes:
“Jared’s recognition reflects not just the strong support that students have consistently expressed for his outstanding classroom contributions, but also his important role as a leader among our teaching assistants.”
During the current academic year, Stewart serves as the Lead Teaching Assistant for the Department of Political Science. In addition to planning the orientation for new teaching assistants, the Lead Teaching Assistant serves as the instructor for POL S 595 – College Teaching of Political Science. As the department’s Lead Teaching Assistant, Stewart “has shown tremendous initiative in introducing new ideas about TA professional development, in creating lesson plans, and in providing detailed notes and write-ups that can be passed on to future Lead TAs,” Lovell points out.
Stewart and the other Excellence in Teaching Award recipient will be honored at a ceremony for the campus community as well as the general public in Meany Hall at 3.30 pm on June 8. Previously, Stewart was awarded the 2014-15 departmental award for Best Teaching Assistant.