Six members of the faculty were honored with awards for outstanding undergraduate teaching at a campus ceremony on April 29, including American Studies and History professor, Jean-Christophe Agnew.
The teachers were nominated by their students for the awards, which were presented by Yale College Dean Mary Miller. The Teaching, Learning, and Advising Committee selected the winners from among the nominees.
At the ceremony — attended by many students as well as the teachers’ colleagues and family members — Miller noted that in a time when there is much public discussion about online learning, the students’ commentary about their teachers is a reminder of the difference it makes having a teacher present in the classroom.
The winning teachers — and Miller’s citations, in part, for each — follow:
Jean-Christophe Agnew, professor of American studies and history — the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss ’75 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities: “Your students hail your lectures as ‘masterpieces’ and describe them as a ‘complex tapestry.’ You tie together themes ‘in wholly unexpected and fascinating ways,’ exploring ‘everything from Pokémon to Levittown,’ referencing history, anthropology, and economics, ‘then reining in the discussion, succinctly making sense of it all by the end.’ In the process, your students say, you ‘resuscitate with mind-boggling animation …. moments in history that had previously felt sealed off in time, too far away to come alive.’”
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