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Elaine Walsh receives 2011 UW Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award

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Date:    November 22, 2011
Contact:   Ashley Wiggin- Communications and Marketing Officer,, 206-221-2456

Elaine Walsh Mortar Board AwardElaine Walsh Mortar Board AwardSEATTLE- On November 21, Elaine Walsh, associate professor, PCH, was awarded the 2011 UW Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is given annually to commend and support an extraordinary professor who is dedicated to the success of undergraduates. She was selected from nominations across campus and departments.

Walsh is praised by her student nominees for being diplomatic, compassionate and engaging in and outside of the classroom. Her students note her passion for her work in mental health and her desire to push them to perform their best.

“Elaine's involvement in students' extra-curricular activities, and guidance on research, encourages and inspires,” said one student nomination.

 Mortar Board is a national honor society for college seniors, with members selected based on distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. It includes over 200 chapters nationally, started in 1915 at Swarthmore College on the campus of the University of Chicago.  The society’s membership accepts the responsibility and obligation to provide thoughtful leadership to the campus and community, to create an environment of effective communication, to move toward meaningful goals, and to actively support the ideals of the society: Service, Scholarship, and Leadership. Each year they honor a member of the UW Faculty with their teaching award.

 "I am honored to receive the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award.  Working with students is one of the most rewarding parts of my job, and it is a privilege to be able to support their development as professionals and scholars," said Walsh. “This is an award I will treasure.”

 For more information and to learn how to nominate for next year’s award, visit the UW Mortar Board Website. You can view more pictures of the award on our Facebook Page.


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