Scripps graduate student Ashlee Henig
Scripps Geology Graduate Student Honored for Teaching
Ashlee Henig awarded Barbara J. & Paul D. Saltman
Excellent Teaching Award
Scripps Institution of
Oceanography/University of California, San Diego
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego graduate
student Ashlee Henig was awarded the 2010 Barbara J. & Paul D. Saltman
Excellent Teaching Award. She was one of three UCSD graduate student awardees
honored by the UCSD Academic Senate this year for outstanding teaching.
Henig is a third year Ph.D. student at Scripps studying geophysics
and geology. Her thesis work involves using marine seismic refraction data to
study the subsurface structure of the seafloor at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Praised by her colleagues and students as an exceptional teaching
assistant (TA), Henig recieved the award for her ability to engage young minds,
inspire graduate student peers to strive to excel, and consistently provide
outstanding support to her professors. Henig’s professors said that she is an
engaging and organized instructor who is very much in command of the material.
She holds the attention of the entire class exceedingly well and receives
glowing students reviews.
“Acting as a teaching assistant and senior TA for the
Scripps Department has been one of the highlights of my graduate student career
so far,” said Henig.“Teaching is
something that I find both very challenging and rewarding. It is a wonderful
feeling of accomplishment when a student grasps a concept that I have worked
hard and innovatively to help them understand. I hope to continue to refine my
teaching skills at many educational levels.”
Beyond the classroom, Henig is committed to helping her
junior colleagues and is deeply involved in assisting first-year geophysics
students at Scripps with their preparations for the departmental exam, a
comprehensive written and oral exam taken at the end of the first year of Ph.D.
study. She has also participated in student committees for Scripps’ recent
external department review and the Earth Section faculty search.
The UCSD Academic Senate recognized Henig at a Distinguished
Teaching Awards presentation on Friday, October 15, 2010 at the UCSD Faculty
The Distinguished Teaching
Awards are an opportunity to convey the importance placed on teaching by
academic departments and programs and to underscore the high quality of
teaching at UC San Diego.
-- Shannon Casey
October 8, 2010