Professor Fiona Jenkins, Shalom Chalson, Chris Lernpass and Justin Mendelow all of the School of Philosophy Faculty have been acknowledged with the CASS Teaching Awards.
Head of School, Professor Nicholas Southwood commented on each of the winner’s achievements in the below statements:
Professor Fiona Jenkins was the winner of the CASS Award for Teaching Excellence. As many of you will know, Fiona has made an outstanding contribution to education within the School of Philosophy (and beyond) for many years, most recently as course convener for PHIL3075 Philosophy of Gender in S1. Students’ comments on that course were as glowing as I have ever seen – for example, describing the course as having “truly changed my life and global outlook” and as “one of the best courses I have taken at university” and Fiona herself as an “incredible lecturer,” “extremely engaging,” and as providing the “best [quality lecturing] I have had.”
Shalom Chalson was the winner off a CASS Award for Excellence in Tutoring or Demonstrating. Shalom was a tutor for PHIL3075 Philosophy of Gender in S1. Shalom’s SELT scores were extraordinary. She received a perfect score of 5/5 for three of the five categories (including for her overall performance as a tutor). Many students described her as the best tutor they have ever had. In addition to the outstanding job she did as a tutor, Shalom also set up and organised a support group for all the tutors in the School of Philosophy, a wonderful service to the School.
Chris Lernpass received a CASS Award of Highly Commended for Tutoring or Demonstrating. Chris was a tutor for PHIL1008 Introduction to Ethics in S1 and did an outstanding job. Chris received superb SELT results and student evaluations. He also provided feedback on drafts of lectures to the course convener, Jesse Hambly, on several occasions and gave feedback on drafts of assessment tasks, which Jesse described to me as “invaluable.”
Justin Mendelow received a CASS Award of Highly Commended for Tutoring or Demonstrating. Justin was a tutor for PHIL1004 Introduction to Ethics in S1. His SELT scores were all between 4.8/5 and 5/5. He was described by students as “an amazing tutor,” “a terrific tutor,” “a very kind and respectful tutor,” the “best tutor I’ve had,” and (my own personal favourite!!) as possessing “all 12 of Aristotle’s virtues.”