PhD students chosen for teaching awards

May 16, 2017

Three English PhD students have been selected for teaching awards this year. Evan Hixon and T.J. West have received Outstanding TA Awards; Amy Burnette and T.J. West have received James Elson Teaching Awards. The Outstanding TA Award recognizes Teaching Assistants who have made distinguished contributions to Syracuse University by demonstrating excellence in significant instructional capacities. The James Elson Teaching Award is awarded by the Department of English to recognize outstanding teaching by a graduate assistant in a course in the Department of English.

A group of 35 or so PhD students stand two rows deep in front of a wall recess with indoor plants.

The 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award Recipients, including Evan Hixon (back middle, in maroon) and T.J. West (right of Evan, in a grey tie).

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The 2017 James Elson Award Recipients, Amy Burnette (left) and T.J. West (right).

Amy Burnette is a PhD candidate working on her dissertation, Praxis Memoriae: The Technique of Memory in English Renaissance Literature, 1580-1630. Of her James Elson award, Burnette said that "Teaching has been the most gratifying and fulfilling part of my time in graduate school at Syracuse."

Evan Hixon is a PhD student in Early Modern studies. Of his Outstanding TA award, Hixon said that "Teaching in the English department has been incredibly helpful in my development as both an instructor and a scholar. Having the opportunity to work with amazing instructors and later design my own courses has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my time at Syracuse."

T.J. West is a PhD candidate working on his dissertation, tentatively titled History's Perilous Pleasures: Experiencing the Terror of History in the Historico-Biblical Epic. Of his awards, West said that "I have always found teaching to be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable aspects of my graduate school experience and the profession as a whole, and I am honored to have received both the Outstanding T.A. Award and the James Elson Teaching Award this year."