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Elizabeth Gilliland

2021 Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching

Gilliland Betsy

Elizabeth (Betsy) Gilliland is an assistant professor of second language studies in the College of Arts, Languages & Letters. Gilliland’s passion and abilities as a teacher of future language teachers is fueled by bringing pedagogical enthusiasm and inspired mentoring to the widely varied goals and careers sought-after by students at the BA, MA and PhD levels. A colleague reflects, “She has a gift for breaking down coding practices and analytical frameworks in ways that move conceptual discussions into practice.” A student who feels fortunate to have collaborated with Professor Gilliland in creating and teaching a graduate level class lauded Gilliland’s consideration of a full range of teaching backgrounds and research experience amongst the students when sequencing activities and creating peer groups. Colleagues credit her with going above and beyond, to create “those magical moments when a student who didn’t think they belonged in the academy makes a connection or is inspired to pursue teaching or a Fulbright.”

2021 Teaching Awardees