- Excellence in Teaching Assistance Award (2013-14)
Ms. Ashley Neale, a graduate student teaching assistant in the Department of History, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Assistance Award. In receiving this award, Ms. Neale is recognized as a skilled and passionate teaching assistant who goes above and beyond to ensure that her students feel comfortable, knowledgeable, and engaged during class. Her encouragement isn’t limited to the classroom, however, as Ms. Neale makes herself available outside of scheduled class to help students navigate academic support services and improve their research skills.
Her masters research centers on the presidency of Richard Nixon, and his political impact both domestically and internationally. She is interested in the domestic creation of his foreign policy, with an eye to how Nixon's personality and style of leadership influenced American foreign policy. As during his presidency, Nixon shaped a centralized White house, excluding Congress, Senate and the state department from policy making. I am supervised by Professor David Sheinin.
In learning of this achievement, Ashley commented: "Thank you very much for this honour. To my students thank you for making my first year as a teaching assistant so wonderful, and thank you for your willingness to open your minds and think critically about the material. The main reason that I went into teaching was that I hoped to be able to make the type of difference in students' lives that so many special professors have made in my own academic journey. I wanted to try to provide the type of wonderful teaching and support that I got as a student here at Trent."
Ashley Neale holds a B.A. from Trent University, a B.Ed. from Queen's University and holds a membership with the Ontario College of Teachers.