Linda Alegria, UB Math Graduate Student, wins Excellence in Teaching Award

Pictured at the 2022 awards ceremony, UB College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robin G. Schulze (left) and Linda Alegria (right) UB Mathematics Graduate Student.

Published April 25, 2022

The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Linda Alegria has been awarded the University at Buffalo's 2022 Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Student Teaching Assistants. The award was presented at a luncheon in April, with Satish Tripathi, UB President, and Robin Schulze, CAS Dean, in attendance.

Demonstrates enthusiasm for mathematics; cultivates an interactive and welcoming environment in the classroom

About the award criteria: The nominee must perform superbly and creatively in the classroom or laboratory, with evidence from quantitative assessments of teaching and/or summaries of qualitative evaluations and course materials.

Mark Marino served as the sponsor for Linda’s application. Regarding Alegria's  excellence in teaching, the department's award-winning nomination states, in part:

Linda Alegria has provided high quality instruction to 1,446 UB students in her roles as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Mathematics. Since she joined the Mathematics Department in 2016, Linda has taught a variety of courses ranging from Calculus service courses to upper-level mathematics/STEM courses. In each class she epitomizes the qualities of excellence in teaching: she demonstrates enthusiasm for mathematics and cultivates an interactive and welcoming environment in her classroom. Linda is deeply committed to the development of young people. She truly enjoys working with students and is always readily available to assist those who require help.

As further evidence of her enthusiasm to help others, Linda provides mathematics instruction to underrepresented middle school students through the Buffalo Prep program at UB South Campus. In the classroom, Linda employs a variety of innovative and engaging instructional strategies and techniques. While teaching, she engages with the students, encourages them to participate in the lesson, and ensures that no one is left behind. Her high levels of success are evidenced by her exemplar evaluations from her students as well as observations from those who work with her.  Linda’s strong, positive impact with UB students represents a gold standard model within our university. Linda is an exemplary candidate for the UB Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants.