The 2011-12 Recipients of the Professor Joel Dean Undergraduate Teaching Award Announced

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Congratulations to the 2011-12 winners – Ryan Bush, Blair Chapman, Gizem Kosar, and Chris Martin!

The Krieger School offers its gratitude to not only Ryan, Blair, Gizem, and Chris, but all of the graduate students who exerted that extra effort to advance the education of Hopkins’ undergraduates. Your hard work and exceptional skill are greatly appreciated.

Ryan Bush was nominated for his performance as a teaching assistant in Economics of Health and in Elements of Microeconomics. Ryan received a record number of nominations and the students were effusive with praise with the following quotations from three students: “Ryan has an incredible knack for simplifying concepts which at first seem utterly complex so that all can understand and apply them with ease and fluency.” “He genuinely cares about his students and goes out of his way to help someone who is struggling. Ryan inspired me to take more mathematics and economics classes even though neither of them really pertain to my major.” “It is obvious that he is very passionate about economics which is inspiring to his students.”

Blair Chapman was nominated for his performance as a teaching assistant in both Economic Forecasting and in Advanced Seminar in the Future of Finance. A student commented how Blair “does an excellent job of making himself available to students and is always willing to take a few extra minutes to explain how a student can improve his work.”

Gizem Kosar was nominated for her performance as a teaching assistant in Elements of Microeconomics. A student referred to her as a “fantastic TA” and how “she is very dedicated to making sure we understand the material and makes me excited to come to section.”

Chris Martin was nominated for his performance as a teaching assistant in Elements of Macroeconomics and in Financial Markets & Institutions. A senior said that “Chris has been one of the nicest and more helpful TAs I have had in any class during my four years at Hopkins. He has helped me both over e-mail the night before a quiz, and in person during office hours. His answers are always thorough and extremely helpful.” Another student mentioned how Chris “was always prepared for class and conveyed difficult material very well to students of all different levels and backgrounds.”

The Professor Joel Dean Undergraduate Teaching Award is an annual award to recognize graduate students who have exhibited extraordinary performance in teaching undergraduates.The award was initiated by Joel and Monia Dean with the objective of promoting excellence in undergraduate education at the Krieger School and funded by the Joel Dean Foundation created by Professor Dean in 1957.