Krista Benson, WGSS PhD Candidate and GIS in Sexuality Studies, won the Graduate Associate Teaching Award (GATA). GATA is the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. Award winners receive $1,500 and are recognized at the annual Graduate School awards reception.
Each year, approximately 3,000 students teach as graduate teaching associates at Ohio State.
This award is in its 44th year and is Ohio State’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students. The award recipients were selected by the Graduate School Awards Committee consisting of graduate faculty representing the range of disciplines, former GATA winners, and graduate students.
"Through rigorous course design and readings, my courses require students to interrogate their existing worldviews, question commonly-received assumptions, and apply their learning to their lives. As a first-generation college student, I am aware of the privilege of learning in a higher education setting and I feel it is my responsibility to bring rigor into my courses. Doing this can feel very unfamiliar to students, so I am also dedicated to creating welcoming environments where students can learn while being challenged. As a result, students leave my classroom with skills to engage in critical thinking, to engage with people who do not share their worldviews in an honest and interested way, and to clearly articulate their ideas and analysis." - Krista Benson