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Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award - Gianni Downs

Watch the video of Gianni Downs that was shown at the Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award Dinner.

About the Award:

Established in 1998 with a gift from Dietrich School alumnus, David Bellet (A&S '67) and his wife Tina, and endowed in 2008 through the family's further generosity, this annual award recognizes outstanding and innovative teaching in undergraduate studies in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Each fall, students and faculty are encouraged to submit nominations to the associate dean for undergraduate studies. A committee reviews nominations and requests dossiers from eligible candidates.

Candidates must be a Dietrich School faculty member with a regular full-time appointment who teaches undergraduate students, taught for three years on the Oakland campus, and receive three or more nominations.

The criteria for this award answers the following questions:

  1. How does the candidate communicates subject matter to undergraduate students of varied backgrounds and skill levels?
  2. How does the candidate encourages high standards of attainment for all undergraduate students?
  3. How does the candidate advises and mentors students, as well as expands undergraduate students' intellectual development beyond the classroom?
  4. How does the candidate has influenced undergraduate students, colleagues, or departmental instruction?
  5. How does the candidate has integrated scholarship with teaching?

In receiving this award it implies that the candidate’s teaching is overall excellent, shows a commitment to teaching, and is effective in helping students achieve meaningful goals.

Gianni certainly fulfills all of the criteria.  His teaching and advising methods are excellent. His commitment to the student’s academic career and professional goals give our students the very best start to life after college. 

Congratulations Gianni for being awarded this prestigious award!  It is well deserved.