College of Social Science 2021 #iteachmsu Educator Award Recipients

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College of Social Science 2021 #iteachmsu Educator Award Recipients

The following is a list of the educators receiving the #iteachmsu Educator Award from the College of Social Science. For more information on these awards, check out the article entitled "#iteachmsu Educator Awards".

Christina DeJong: Dr. DeJong has gone above and beyond what is necessary (or even expected) of an instructor and mentor in the 4 years I have been her student. She has strived during class time to make the materials understandable, acknowledging that different students come into the class with different levels of understanding; made class projects useful in applying practical skills; and tailored assignments to help students succeed (including giving practice writing for social science publications). She also focuses on important and often under-prioritized issues within the field of Criminal Justice (e.g., trans issues, sexual assault, genocide). She is so open and kind that no question feels to silly to ask, even in advanced statistical courses, and she has made herself available outside of class like no other instructor I have ever had. For example, she put on a summer course-- completely of her own time and volition-- to help students learn "R" the statistical analysis software, merely because it is a free software she thought might be useful to us upon graduation if we didn't have the same resources we have at MSU. Finally, during the beginning of Covid-19, even when the School and University weren't sure what was happening, she personally reached out to students to see how they were doing, and arranged an online teaching forum and meetings for current graduate student instructors, again, entirely on her own time and of her own volition. She also provides space for students to touch base with her and with one another, which, during this incredibly unsure and isolating time is truly invaluable. I can not speak highly enough of her, and believe that her hard work should be recognized and emulated in every department at MSU. 

Skylar Dewitt: Skylar is very hardworking and does a tremendous amount for our lab. She is also very genuine and kind.

Eddie Boucher: Thanks for helping me learn how to use Mediaspace! It is intimidating to learn something new and I appreciate your tutorial

Lindsay Ackerman: Lindsay is always working to give our lab a positive atmosphere, help out RA's, and keep our study running. I am inspired by how much she does with a smile and how she is always happy to talk or answer questions.

Sean Hankins: Sean is just an awesome teacher. His passion for teaching and helping others always shines through and makes learning the material so engaging. I love how welcome he makes his students feel.

Anyone can recognize a fellow Spartan for their contributions to MSU's teaching and learning mission or for how they made a lasting impression on your experience. All you have to do is click "Thank an Educator" in the left panel of From there you'll see a short form where you can enter the name, netID, and a short story of the educator you'd like to recognize.
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