Ciafone receives Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
The Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching recognizes sustained excellence and innovative approaches in undergraduate teaching and contributions beyond classroom instruction that have an overall positive impact on undergraduate student learning. Amanda Ciafone, associate professor of media and cinema studies, was one of this year's recipients.
Ciafone honed her classroom skills teaching large 500-student classes as well as smaller seminars, requiring an impressive range of pedagogical approaches and methodologies. Her nominator described her as committed to regularly examining the broader curriculum to ensure students’ academic, professional, and personal goals are met and challenged. She brings her keen attention to emergent curricular needs and the needs of students from different backgrounds—including underrepresented and historically marginalized students—to innovate a critical, publicly engaged education at Illinois.