Sanford School graduate student recognized for excellence in teaching
Arizona State University’s Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) recently announced the winners of their prestigious 2018 Teaching Excellence Awards, and among the awardees was Chanler Hilley, a family and human development graduate student from the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics.
The awards originated during the first GPSA Legislative Assembly (2003-2004) and recognize graduate and professional students who exemplify excellence in education and classroom instruction. While the monetary awards given to winners are modest, the recognition for excellent teaching from peers and students is immeasurable.
Hilley received the award for his work in teaching social statistics. “I am not surprised that Chanler was selected for this award,” said Sarah Lindstrom Johnson, an assistant professor in the Sanford School and Hilley’s faculty advisor. “Teaching social statistics combines his passion for methodology with his passion for supporting ASU students.”
Hilley explains that his approach to teaching is informed by his experience as an academic advisor at ASU. “Through the advising relationship, you come to really appreciate that students are coming from many different backgrounds – and that we should embrace these differences,” he said. “Students arrive to a statistics course with varying levels of excitement, anxiety and preparation. I think my job is not only to ensure students understand the concepts, but also to be adaptive to students’ needs by, for example, providing several types of learning opportunities both within and outside the classroom.”