Graduate student regionally recognized for teaching excellence
Thursday, April 3, 2014
MANHATTAN – A Kansas State University doctoral student in family studies is a regional award winner for excelling in teaching and mentoring.
Jaimee Hartenstein, doctoral student in family studies, Riley, has received the 2014 Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award for the doctoral level.
The award recognizes graduate students who excel in classroom teaching and promote awareness of graduate teaching contributions to the university's scholarship and the teaching mission. Hartenstein will receive a $750 honorarium and will represent Kansas State University from April 9-11 at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools annual meeting in Chicago. She also will present and discuss her teaching philosophy at the annual meeting.
"We congratulate Jaimee on this tremendous achievement," said Carol Shanklin, dean of the Graduate School. "Jaimee exemplifies Kansas State University's commitment to teaching and mentoring. Through her hard work and dedication, she inspires our undergraduate students to succeed in their classes. She serves as a role model for other graduate students and continues to enhance her effectiveness through her engagement in the scholarship of learning."
Hartenstein is a teaching assistant for family studies and human services courses that examine the family in-depth throughout the life cycle. In the courses, students learn about family law, public policy and support services. Hartenstein's faculty advisers are Mindy Markham, assistant professor of family studies and human services, and Walter Schumm, professor of family studies and human services.
"Words cannot express how honored I feel in receiving this award," Hartenstein said. "It is wonderful to be supported by the faculty and administrators in my department, the college and the university. I am grateful to K-State for the amazing teaching opportunities I have received while attending the university."
Hartenstein has accepted a position as an assistant professor of family services in Eastern Illinois University's School of Family and Consumer Science. She will start in August.
At Kansas State University, Hartenstein is involved in the university's Honor and Integrity Council and is a co-founder of the School of Family Studies and Human Services graduate teaching assistant support group. She is also part of several national organizations, including the National Council on Family Relations, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Family Science Association.