School of Public Health and Health Systems Teaching Assistant Excellence Award recipients

2015 - Matt Stein

Matthew Stein.Through glowing nominations from faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students, it was clear that Matt went above and beyond his regular duties in Health (HLTH) 102 to ensure classes and tutorials ran smoothly, assignments were marked fairly, and students were respected and valued inside and outside of the classroom.

At the beginning of the course, Matt learned how to use the technical equipment in the room so that the instructor was able to focus on the students. Throughout the course, Matt provided advice on leading tutorials and marking assignments to fellow teaching assistants (TAs), and he readily filled in for other TAs when they were unavailable. When Matt worked with students he was fair, kind, and honest. He made sure that all students felt welcome and safe in the class, and he willingly gave his time to help students.

The course instructor praised Matt for exceeding his responsibilities “in so many ways I don’t know where to begin.” A fellow TA described Matt’s "outstanding job in not only guiding the students, but aiding the other six TAs”, and a student noted Matt’s “enthusiasm and willingness to give his own time to help students”.