The following is a list of the educators receiving the #iteachmsu Educator Award from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. For more information on these awards, check out the article entitled "#iteachmsu Educator Awards".
Andrew Corner: I just wanted to thank you for helping me become a better student. I learned so much about what I want to do when I graduate and after having you be my professor in soon to be 4 classes I feel so blessed. You pushed me to take chances and be myself regardless of what others think. I remember crying in your office hours the 2nd week of school the first time I had you as my professor because I did an assignment wrong and had never had the criticism I needed. You told me, "I can tell you are a good student, but just because you got a bad grade on one assignment does not mean it's the end of the world." I used to think it was over when something like this would happen, but, like the real world, you have to take criticism and not everyone is going to love your ideas. That's how advertising works. I later 4.0 that class. I met my best friend Jack in your class and have to say I feel like you planned it. haha jk. Thank you for putting up with Jack and I and our annoying selves. We will truly miss you.
Sara Grady: Sara has been an outstanding collaborator on an NIH R01 research proposal. She helped with budgeting, preparation of the many forms, and drafted and revised important and substantive text that contributed to the completion of the 100+ pages, all the while learning the NIH submission process and proposal writing style in real time. Most importantly were her contributions as a thought partner and researcher. Thanks Sara!
David Ford: David has demonstrated outstanding work ethics, discipline and endurance through the doctoral program. He has made lasting impact on several research projects, demonstrated excellence developing and solo-teaching 3 courses, while remaining scholarly productive and executing a successful dissertation project through the limitations imposed by the pandemic. He is the most wonderful human being, always ready to step out of his way to help others. Kudos!
Kate Shabet: Kate has served as an excellent role model and mentor to the undergraduate students in my lab. Specifically, she helped guide the students in completing the project and disseminating the work through poster presentations at the state level and MSU UURAF, and more recently helped the research team submit an abstract to a national professional conference. As a graduate student, the undergraduates on the project looked up to Kate, learned from her experience, and remained calm as deadlines approached.
Gisele Souza Neuls: On behalf of the Convergence team, I'd like to thank Gisele for her courage to start a Ph.D. program during such turbulent times. We acknowledge the many challenges she is facing as a student who started in the spring semester and is currently not living in the US. Despite these challenges, Gisele quickly became a critical member of our team, assisting with both research and project management. Gisele cares about journalism and has a deep connection with the communities impacted by the problem our research is trying to address. We look forward to meeting her in person very soon!
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 iteach.msu.edu. 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.