PhD student Mallory Perryman wins Early Excellence in Teaching Award

Mallory Perryman

Perryman has won the Early Excellence in Teaching Award which recognizes outstanding and inspirational performance on the part of TAs with fewer than four semesters of teaching experience. Entering her fourth semester as a PhD student, Mallory was a TA for J202: Mass Communication Practices last year and is the lead TA for the same course this year.

Mallory’s strengths as a teacher go well beyond her organizational abilities and creativity. She absolutely loves working with students, thriving off their energy, and they love having her as their instructor. When teaching journalism, many seemingly intangible practices must be broken down into tangible steps students can follow to learn them, and Mallory is gifted at communicating how they can do that.

According to one of her nominators, “Her passion for the students and the subject-matter is only surpassed by her effort and ability. Rather than being the type who has a million great ideas, but implements none, Mallory has great ideas that are directly focused on issues in the classroom, whether they be related to course design, assignment construction, grading policies and dealing with struggling students. I think this may be her greatest strength, other than the combination of her drive and intellect.”