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Graduate Assistants Honored at EHA Excellence Awards

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The eight outstanding graduate assistants

The College of Education, Health and Aviation will recognize Outstanding Graduate Assistants from each of its four schools at the 2018 Excellence Awards on May 11. The following graduate assistants will receive awards based on their outstanding teaching, research and service. 

From the School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Aviation is graduate research assistant Emily Finney and graduate teaching assistant James Patrick. Finney is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and conducting research with Dr. Mike Yough, educational psychology program director. Patrick is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Foundations and is a graduate teaching assistant for the courses, The Role of Teachers in America’s Schools and History of Education.

From the School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling and Counseling Psychology is graduate research assistant Emily Hays and graduate teaching assistant Mark Taracuk. Hays is graduating this May with a master’s degree in public health and assisted Dr. Bridget Miller, health education and promotion program director, with research projects this past year. Taracuk is pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and taught two classes, which covered topics in the counseling profession and mental health issues in schools.

From the School of Kinesiology, Applied Health and Recreation is graduate research assistant Mitch Magrini and graduate teaching assistant Tara Martin. Magrini is pursuing a Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance and has conducted research in the Applied Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory, while also serving as lead author for two acclaimed publications. Martin is pursuing a Ph.D. in Leisure Studies. She currently teaches Contemporary Issues in Diversity and assists with recreational therapy research projects.


From the School of Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences is graduate research assistant Megan Skelly and graduate teaching assistant Abby Weyen. Skelly is receiving a master’s degree in reading and literacy. Her role includes assisting with research projects, organizing report data and encouraging students to apply to the Professional Education Unit. Weyen is working toward a Ph.D. in Professional Education Studies with an option in literacy. This is her fourth year working as a graduate assistant teaching literacy courses to pre-service teachers in the elementary education program.

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