Students nominate and vote for their favorite TA
Brad Hanson, a 2019 graduate of Mizzou’s Department of Geography, was recently awarded the Green Chalk Teaching Award for his outstanding teaching assistantship in geography through the College of Arts and Sciences for the Spring 2019 semester.
Hanson, who earned a masters in geography with a focus on place-based education and a minor in college teaching, donated his plaque to the geography department to hang in the grad student office of Stewart Hall.
”Without (Soren Larsen’s and the entire geography department's) support, I would not have been able to have received the honor,” Hanson says.
Hanson currently resides in Moab, Utah, and works as a river and survival guide. He has been with Outward Bound since 2012 and Boulder Outdoor Survival School since 2016, guiding people on outdoor expeditions and teaching survival skills.
The College of Arts & Sciences has been awarding TAs with this prestigious award for many years. There are two other chalk awards: blue for advisor and purple for professor, says President of Arts & Science Student Council Mary O’Brien.
There are typically four to 15 nominations for each chalk award, O’Brien adds, and it is completely nominated and chosen by students. “Students go out of their way to nominate a mentor who has positively impacted their Mizzou experience,” she adds. “The Student Council reviews all of the applications and votes as a council for the most impressive nomination.
“The Green Chalk Award serves as an incredible opportunity for students to recognize an exemplary teaching assistant,” O'Brien adds. “Every semester, the Student Council of the College of Arts and Science accepts nominations directly from students and selects one TA to receive the Green Chalk Award. I want to personally congratulate (Hanson) for receiving this award.”
The award will hang in room 231 of Stewart Hall. For the full story on Hanson, read the next Meridian newsletter. Call 573-882-8370 if you would like our newsletter, but are not receiving it.