…Ian Mullins! Congratulations, Ian, for winning the TA Excellence award in a very competitive year.
Harvey Goldman nominated Ian for his work in SOC 100: Sociological Theory. In his letter of nomination, Harvey noted that Ian “is incredibly imaginative in coming up with ways to get students involved in material that might not be to their taste, and he devotes himself and his time to helping every student who wants to do the extra work needed to become a really excellent student, writer, and analyst of texts.” This is great testament to Ian’s commitment to his students and sociology as a discipline.
The Graduate Program Committee would also note that Ian has been an extraordinary mentor to undergrads he has met in other classes, encouraging several who may not have otherwise considered themselves qualified to take our Honors sequence (many of them first-generation college-goers) to apply for the class and, once enrolled, to seek his help in research questions, design, and analysis. It is no surprise, as Harvey also mentioned, that Ian has a group of “devoted followers” among our majors. GPC faculty were also impressed with the several years of remarkable evaluations that Ian has received from his students.
Thank you, Ian, for improving the experiences of our undergrads in so many ways.
Honorable mention for this year’s TA Excellence Award goes to this year’s Senior TA, Erica Bender, whose extremely rigorous work in her own and instructors’ classes inspire her students and fellow TAs.
Finally, thank you to the six faculty who nominated your TAs for this recognition. We look forward to next year’s even more robust participation!