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Prior Year Recipients

2014-15 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Mario G. Galicia - Education

Mario Galicia is a PhD candidate in the Department of Education. His experience as a Teaching Assistant includes a number of Black History classes, as well as courses in Sociology and Chicano & Chicana Studies.

One professor describes him as a “pedagogical genius” and asserts, “He knows how to translate abstract and complex theory and methods into palatable lessons that freshman can understand and thrive on.” He constantly receives top student evaluations and students consistently rave about him. He is praised for the passion with which he approaches his work. His evaluations are peppered with phrases such as, “Great TA! My favorite thus far!”; “Makes learning enjoyable. Going to be a Great Professor”; and “An outstanding teacher, and an exemplary human being.”

Another of his professors writes, “In BLST 1, we deal with sensitive topics, including racism, sexism, heterosexism, homophobia, classism, etc. and it shakes the very foundation of so many students. Therefore for Mario to receive such excellent qualitative evaluations is a testimony to the pattern of professionalism that he brings to teaching. It takes not only intellectual know-how, but also a level of teaching savvy to help students think about and imagine what social justice looks like outside of what they have come to know from mainstream/popular foundations.”

Mario Galicia is awarded an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in recognition of his hard work and dedicated teaching. Congratulations!