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K. Patricia Cross Award Recipients

Modified: February 17, 2016

Congratulations to Désirée Weber, PhD Candidate in Political Science, on winning a K. Patricia Cross Award. This award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and in others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. It is named in honor of K. Patricia Cross, professor of higher education, emerita, at the University of California, Berkeley. Désirée was one of ten recipients chosen from a pool of 275 nominations from 137 institutions.

Désirée’s work focuses on contemporary political theory, especially the role of language and its relation to political pedagogy and politics. While in graduate school, she has worked with undergraduate education and the training of graduate student Teaching Assistants. She spearheaded the creation and implementation of a Political Science Teaching Award Certificate in her department, which is a year-long program that enables graduate students to improve their teaching skills, share best practices, and complete teaching-specific service projects for their fellow graduate students. In the first two years of its existence, Désirée facilitated 15 graduate students earning the Certificate (and earned it herself). 

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