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Academic Senate Awards

Prior Year Recipients

2016-17 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Zachary I. Rentz

As part of the Philosophy department, Zachary Rentz has set the bar for TA accessibility and open communication with students using a multi-platform approach to ensure students have their questions answered. One of his mentors notes that “his imaginative class preparation works to enliven the material and draw students in to the issues” and underlines his “creative intelligence in building a community of learners”. His student recommenders write: “Throughout the quarter, Zach served not only as a teacher, but a leader and a mentor that thoroughly influenced me”; another adds that he was “the most memorable teacher I’ve had [… ] I would go out of my way to have him again”. Zach’s efforts in fostering a diverse learning environment, putting student education first, and striving to improve his own teaching have been recognized by professors, peers, and students alike. On behalf of the UCSB Community and Academic Senate, we are delighted to present Zachary Rentz with an Outstanding TA award.