Shiliwala Honored for Excellence in Teaching and Service

May 2, 2019

Photo of Wasim Shiliwala
NES Ph.D. student Wasim Shiliwala is one of just seven graduate students who have been awarded a 2019 Teaching Award by the Graduate School in recognition of their outstanding abilities as teachers. The Quin Morton ’36 Teaching Fellow in the Princeton University Writing Program, Shiliwala taught a writing seminar, “iPray,” that examines the intersection of religion and technology.

Amanda Irwin Wilkins, director of the Princeton Writing Program, reported that “In a very short time, Wasim has already demonstrated remarkable skill at leading his students to deepen their sense of why scholars research and write the way they do; to cultivate their own critical curiosity; and to practice crafting arguments that contribute to wider conversations at both the University and in public life.” One student praised Shiliwala as “an amazing, patient and humble teacher who helped me every step of the way.” Another added, “I loved going to class. It was a lot of fun, and Wasim helped to encourage student conversation/debate.”

“Winners were selected by a committee chaired by Cole Crittenden, deputy dean of the Graduate School, and comprising the academic affairs deans and staff from the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning. The nominations were made by academic departments and programs.

On April 18, the Graduate School presented the awards at the Tribute to Teaching Reception, which was hosted by Sarah-Jane Leslie, dean of the Graduate School. Each winner receives $1,000.”