Aetna Graduate Teaching Award

2020 Aetna Graduate Teaching Award
(2020 WINNERS ANNOUNCED BELOW – Check back later for the 2021 Call for Nominations)

The Aetna Graduate Teaching Award, sponsored by the Aetna Foundation, is an award that strives to recognize the dedication and innovation of graduate students who teach writing at the University of Connecticut. This award is open to any currently enrolled graduate student teaching a writing course (as instructor of record), regardless of departmental or programmatic affiliation.

Please note that the nomination process for this award has changed (as of the 2020 cycle).
We are now accepting nominations and applications (self-nominations).
» If you are nominating another party, you only need their name and email address.
» If you apply (whether nominated or self-nominating), you will be asked to submit a materials packet containing:


    • A short statement of intent (detailing qualifications/reasons for applying)
    • A teaching philosophy
    • An annotated sample assignment (annotations should elaborate on thought process/reasoning)
    • An annotated syllabus (annotations should elaborate on thought process/reasoning)


      • One recommendation or evaluation element from somebody familiar with your teaching
        (…this could be a letter of recommendation from a professor, advisor, student, or even SET results!)

    Important: These four (or five) documents must be consolidated into one file.


    Deadline: April 4, 2020




    The Aetna Graduate Teaching Award is usually given to one Storrs graduate teaching assistant each year.  The prize is typically awarded at the Aetna Celebration of Student Writing. The nominees go through a rigorous evaluation process, including an assessment of their teaching philosophies, syllabi, and assignments. The winner is selected by a committee of faculty and Aetna Advisory Board members. The award comes with a cash prize of $500; if multiple winners are selected, the committee will decide how to allocate prize money.

    Previous Aetna Graduate Teaching Award Winners:

    • Gabriel Morrison (2020)
    • Carol Ann Jackson (2019)
    • Dan Graham (2018)
    • Meghan Burns (2017)
    • Emma Burris-Janssen (2016)
    • Emily Tucker (2015)
    • George Moore (2014)
    • Christina Henderson (2013)
    • Abbye Meyer (2012)
    • Amanda Smith (2011)
    • Rebecca Nisetich (2010)
    • Mary Elizabeth Lough (2009)
    • Sarah Rasher (2008)
    • Jon Kotchian (2007)
    • Katie Peel (2006)
    • Aaron Bremyer, Ken Cormier, Anita Duneer, and Andy Pfrenger (2005)
    • Peter Sinclair (2004)
    • Joshua Masters (2002)
    • Nancy Knowles (1999)


    Previous Aetna Commendation for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing Recipients:

    • Amy Fehr (2020)
    • Manuel Ramirez (2020)