Published: Jan. 18, 2023

Rachel DzuganPlease join us in congratulating doctoral student Rachel Dzugan, who has won a Graduate Part Time Instructor Appreciation Award from the Graduate School in recognition of her “hard work, creativity, and continued excellence in teaching.”  As an MA student, Rachel worked as a Teaching Assistant for various courses in Greek and Roman culture. Since entering the PhD program, she has taught second- and third-semester Latin as a Graduate Part-time Instructor.  In addition, this fall she has been working with the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and with Prof. Elliott to prepare to teach our writing-intensive class, "Argument from Evidence," next year. She also volunteered to serve as the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Lead Graduate Student for the Classics Department.  Faculty reports on visits to her Latin classroom were lavish with their praise.  They note her “easygoing confidence that is clearly resonating quite well with her students,” that she “sets a high standard in her classroom and expects students to work hard and demonstrate true proficiency,” and that “she teaches like somebody who has spent years in the classroom, and is a credit to her department and university.”  Rachel herself explains that “Through the cultivation of curiosity and a sense of exploration, I foster in my students an enjoyment of learning that can apply broadly to life.” She richly deserves this award and this recognition from the Graduate School.