The Office of Graduate Studies has selected Dr. Katie McWain for the 2017-2018 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. This award recognizes the valuable role graduate teaching assistants play in enhancing undergraduate learning at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and honors graduate teaching assistants who have demonstrated special effectiveness in teaching undergraduates. In recognition of this honor, she will receive a $1,000 award and a commemorative medallion at an awards banquet in the fall.
Katie McWain received her Ph.D. in English with a specialization in Composition and Rhetoric in May 2018 (supervised by Professor Shari Stenberg). Her scholarly interests include writing program administration, composition theory and pedagogy, teacher development, and literacy studies. She received her B.A. in English and Writing from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri and her M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her research has been published in Teaching English in the Two-Year College and the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. This summer she will begin a new faculty position as Assistant Professor of English and Director of First Year Composition at Texas Woman's University.