Charee Thompson and Gabriella Tscholl have earned undergraduate teaching awards from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The two were among just 14 instructors and advisors selected by the College as recipients of the extremely competitive awards.

“We are proud to have such an impressive group of people advancing our vital teaching and advising goals,” said Venetria K. Patton, the Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of LAS. “We received exceptional feedback from students and alumni about them. They truly devote themselves to preparing others for the future.”  

Gabriela Tscholl

Doctoral student Gabriela Tscholl, who won an LAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for Graduate Teaching Assistants, has taught some of the Department of Communication’s most challenging courses.

“Over and over in our 40-plus years of teaching in the Department of Communication, we have seen how graduate students who seem reserved, or perhaps more introverted than most, become the strongest teachers in their cohort. That’s been the case with Gabby. Gabby’s teaching is grounded in clear communication with students and thoughtful listening,” wrote professors Cara Finnegan and Leanne Knobloch. 

Charee Thompson

Professor Charee Thompson earned an LAS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She teaches CMN 462: Interpersonal Health Communication, which examines how people talk about physical and mental health. She has received stellar teaching evaluations even in the midst of the pandemic; in fall 2020 she received perfect evaluation scores for teaching effectiveness and course quality.

“Dr. Thompson is always joyous, understanding, and very organized,” wrote a student, Lonye Allen. “She makes the room comfortable with the vibrant energy she brings.”


Editor's note: A version of this story was originally published by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences