Vanessa Chee recognized for outstanding teaching
The Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant is awarded annually at the University of South Florida. Included in the 2012-13 recipients is Ms. Vanessa Chee, a doctoral student in community and family health.
Established in 1998, the program recognizes “the exemplary contributions made by graduate teaching assistants (TAs) to excellence in undergraduate education, and is administered by the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE).”
Ms. Chee earned an honorable mention for her work as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Community and Family Health. She teaches courses in Women’s Health and Foundations of Maternal Child Health.
“The ability to influence the future goals and choices of others,” is what Chee loves most about teaching. “It’s an awesome privilege! If a student feels comfortable enough to confide in me about something personal that we may have addressed in class, then I have done my job—not merely as a teacher, but as one who believes in service to others.”
On the flip side, “The time-consuming minutia involved in teaching is one thing I can definitely do without!”
A native of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Ms. Chee double majored in psychology and English literature at the University of the West Indies. As a doctoral student in the USF College of Public Health, her dissertation research focuses on obesity prevention and international child health. She appreciates that “Public health as a field seeks not only to understand, but to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.”
When she’s not teaching or studying, Chee enjoys Kizomba and Argentine Tango. “It’s rather addictive,” she admits. So addictive that her ideal job includes conducting international obesity prevention work by day and being a Kizomba & Argentine tango aficionado by night!
Not a bad mix. Not a bad mix at all.