Stephanie Arguera, a doctoral student in the Department of Education at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, has received a 2021-22 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Teaching assistants play a vital role in enhancing the teaching mission of the University. The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards recognize the contributions of graduate students to the teaching and learning process at UC Santa Barbara. Up to four recipients are selected campus-wide, each of whom receives an honorarium of $1,000 and a framed certificate. UC Santa Barbara’s Academic Senate honored Arguera’s achievements as an exemplary teacher at the Faculty Legislature meeting on April 26, 2022.
Arguera is a Ph.D. Candidate researching university social responsibility and undergraduate connections to community under the broad emphasis of Culture and Development and the advisory of Dr. Betsy Brenner. A Houston, TX native, she received her BA in English and MA in Bilingual/Bicultural Studies at the University of Texas in San Antonio. She has been a teaching assistant in both the Dept. of Black Studies and in Education. This year, she has been a Teaching Associate with the Dept. of Black Studies, teaching BLST 118 Comparative Rebellion (F21), BLST 122 The Education of Black Youth (W22), BLST 172 Contemporary Black Cinema (S22), and BLST 124 Housing, Inheritance & Race (Summer22).