To Kristina Pilz, who is this year’s recipient of the Manfred Bansleben Award for excellence in teaching. The award was established in honor of Prof. Emeritus Manfred Bansleben, who built a successful language program and trained hundreds of language teachers during his career. Manfred has always recognized the importance of teaching assistants and the many contributions they make to a language program. The award, which comes with a stipend, acknowledges one graduate student who has distinguished her or himself as a language teacher in our program.
Kristina was also named Mellon Fellow for Reaching New Publics in the Humanities for the 2017-18 academic year. Mellon Fellows are University of Washington graduate students, who join Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, a program run by the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities and graciously supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellowship enables Kristina to develop connections between the UW and two-year colleges in the Seattle area. The program will help scholars and teachers understand the increasingly vital role of two-year colleges in higher education.