Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Teaching Awards! We thank them for their dedication to students and for creating innovative and impactful programs.
Diana Daly, Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Information
SBS Lower Division Undergraduate Teaching Award
This award recognizes superior and innovative teaching in lower division undergraduate courses.
Diana Daly teaches the popular general education course ESOC 150B1: “Social Media and Ourselves”. In the course, students construct and share their stories of identity and technology.
With support from the Center for University Education and Scholarship (CUES), Diana launched the iVoices Media Lab in 2020 with the goal of channeling student stories into programs around technology. She is also the executive producer of the Social Media and Ourselves podcast, which records students’ own experiences and reflections to complement and disrupt current scholarly understanding of social media.
“Dr. Daly’s teaching is characterized by extraordinary vigor, innovation, and imagination,” wrote Professor Martin Fricke and Professor Cheryl Knott of the School of Information. “His course transformed the way students learn and share their knowledge, replacing essays with story-based podcasts and collaborative media production, preparing them to thrive in the future, whatever technological and social challenges it presents.”
Fricke and Knott added: “This work has had a positive impact on hundreds of ESOC 150B1 students and has brought iSchool, SBS and the University high praise, most recently with an exciting presentation of Dr. Daly and two of his students at the university. SXSW Wonder House inaugural.
As one of the judges noted, “Daly’s innovation with iVoices in 150b1 is truly amazing. Students are able to see an almost constant aspect of their lives through a critical lens in a way that reads as highly transformative.
Elizabeth Oglesby, Associate Professor, Center for Latin American Studies and School of Geography, Development and Environment
SBS Undergraduate Upper Division Teaching Award
This award recognizes superior and innovative teaching in upper division undergraduate courses.
Elizabeth Oglesby, who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on human rights and migration, co-taught the innovative course LAS/POL/PA 356: “Indigenous Resistance in Latin America” at the fall 2021.
“Liz has expanded this course in a very innovative and groundbreaking way, with an Experiential Acceleration Grant from the UArizona Office of Student Engagement that supported the collaboration,” wrote Center Director Marcela Vásquez-León. of Latin American Studies, and Margaret Wilder, acting. Director of the School of Geography, Development and Environment.
Oglesby co-hosted the course with the Maya-Ch’orti’ Pluriversity, located in the Ch’orti’ Territory that spans the Guatemalan-Honduran border. Students from both universities have teamed up in a research project to analyze Biden’s plan to tackle the root causes of migration in Central America.
Student praise for the class included: “unique and revealing;” “a once in a lifetime experience;” “completely changed my perspective;” and “brought me a joy that is difficult to describe here”.
As one of the judges noted, “The opportunity for Oglesby’s course undergraduates to interact with students from the Maya-Ch’orti’ pluriversity is truly unique. The exchange of ideas and perspectives in this course could likely transform UArizona students’ perspectives on Latin America and the legacy of colonialism.
Oglesby considers its faculty partners the Maya-Ch’orti’ pluriversity, Jennifer J. Casolo and Jacob Omar Jeronimo, as co-winners of the prize, and she will split the prize money in three ways. “What made this teaching project innovative and award-winning was the comprehensive partnership with Pluriversity faculty,” Oglesby said.
Oglesby added, “I hope this pilot project can be a grain of sand to help build continued connections between the University of Arizona and indigenous universities in Latin America.”
Leonard Hammer, Director of Outreach and Program Development, Human Rights Practice Program
SBS Higher Education Awards
This award recognizes superior and innovative teaching in graduate courses.
Leonard Hammer’s courses in the Human Rights Practice program involve teams of students and faculty working hand-in-hand with members of the community to solve real-world problems. Classes include guest lecturers via videoconference so that students learn from human rights experts working in the field around the world.
Over the past two years, Hammer has developed and implemented a new pedagogy called Multi-Nodal Problem-Based Learning that goes “beyond anything we’ve heard of in higher education today,” said writes William Simmons, director of Human Rights Practice. Program, and Liudmila Klimanova, Assistant Professor in the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies.
Using this pedagogy, the “Human Rights across Contexts” course involved 15 nodes that included six NGOs in three countries, five guest lectures via videoconference, students and faculty from three countries, and three working languages.
“This example of exploiting the online environment hits all the touchstones of cutting-edge 21st century pedagogies,” Simmons and Klimanova wrote. “It is interdisciplinary, global, community-based, collaborative and hands-on learning. This involves students working on real-world problems in the same way 21st century work does, with interdisciplinary teams working together across locations and cultures to solve real-world problems. Students and organizations were unanimous in their praise of the experience.
As one of the judges noted, “Some courses have the ability to transform students; other courses have the ability to transform the world. Professor Hammer’s courses appear to accomplish both, as graduate students actively participate in global work related to human rights and social justice.
Mairead K. Doery, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Anthropology
SBS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant/Associate Award
This award recognizes the superior and innovative work of a graduate assistant or associate.
Mairead K. Doery is well known throughout the School of Anthropology for her dedication to student success, wrote Diane Austin, Director of the School of Anthropology, and Ivy Pike, Professor in the School of Anthropology. .
“Mairead exhibits all the characteristics of an exceptional teacher: commitment, knowledge, thoughtfulness, inspiration, flexibility, compassion, and a desire to continue to grow and learn with his students,” wrote Austin and Pike. “Mairead has set the bar high for herself and her peers and has been an outstanding ambassador for our graduate students and the undergraduate students they teach and mentor.”
Doery served as GTA for two of the school’s major Level I general education courses: ANTH 160D2 (Origins of Human Diversity) and ANTH 160A1 (Global Archaeology).
As president of the School of Anthropology’s graduate student association, AGUA, Doery ensured that graduate students had the opportunity to develop the full range of knowledge, skills, and experiences to become effective leaders in their future careers.
Doery pursued the university’s graduate certificate in college teaching methods and participated in several online teaching trainings organized by the Office of Instruction and Assessment and the Office of Learning digital.
Doery has also been at the forefront of the School of Anthropology’s efforts to review and update its curriculum to more effectively address diversity, equity, and inclusion.
“As an instructor, I strive to make learning accessible, enjoyable, and rooted in the scholarship of teaching and learning,” Doery wrote. “I see my students as people before learners: they will face different challenges, but everyone should have a fair chance to succeed.”