CLAS graduate students named UI Outstanding Teaching Assistants for 2018-19

Selected by the Council on Teaching
Monday, May 13, 2019

Outstanding TAs group shot

Teaching Assistantships are an essential part of a graduate education. In addition to gaining hands-on learning about course design and teaching at the college level, TAs interact with undergraduates in meaningful ways, and serve as a key link between the students and professor.

These Teaching Assistants in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have been awarded the 2018-19 Outstanding Teaching Award for demonstrating outstanding ability as teachers at the University of Iowa:

Amanda J. Adams, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Curtis Baiz, Mathematics

Aiden Bettine, History

Laura Brown, Philosophy

Maria L. Capecchi, English

Caroline M. Cheung, Rhetoric

Hannah Wommack Espy, Sociology

Alisa Fairweather, Chemistry

Matthew Helm, Rhetoric

Paul Samuel Padasas Ignacio, Mathematics

Courtney L. Juelich, Political Science

Stephen Patrick Keehner, Anthropology

Melanie King, Mathematics

Farhan Lakhany, Philosophy

Maddison L. McGann, Rhetoric

Pake Melland, Mathematics

Tina N. Milun, Chemistry

Amrei Oswald, Mathematics

Daniel L. Parr IV, Chemistry

Jonathan Schacherer, Psychological & Brain Sciences

Roberto C. Toro-Rodriguez, Mathematics

Rajinda S. Wickrama, Mathematics

Adam Wood, Mathematics


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 73 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.