PhD Candidate Christopher Stillwell has been honored during UCI's 2017 Celebration of Teaching by the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning and the Center for Engaged Instruction as one of three recipients of UCI’s Most Promising Future Faculty Member Awards.
In nominating Christopher for this honor, his advisor, Professor Judith Sandholtz, praised Christopher’s exceptional performance in fulfilling the three-fold mission of the University of California: research, teaching, and service.
Research: Christopher is recognized as an emerging expert in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). In 2016, he was named to TESOL International’s 50th anniversary list of “30 Up and Coming" professionals, "the next generation in research, teaching, publishing, and leadership.” He is listed on the U.S. Department of State’s database of English Language Specialists. As a graduate student, Chris has edited two books published by TESOL; one was shortlisted for the prestigious ELTon Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources. He also has authored or co-authored eight published chapters/journal articles (with one in-press and two under review) and has made 23 presentations at professional conferences.
Teaching: As a graduate student, Christopher has worked as a Teaching Assistant over twelve times in courses such as multicultural education, ethics and education, and learning and cognition. For the Division of Continuing Education, he developed and taught certificate courses and summer intensive courses in English as a Second Language; led workshops for international teachers from China, Brazil, Taiwan, and Japan; and created specialized programs in English as Medium of Instruction.
Service: Christopher is highly involved in service activities at multiple levels. He is an active member of several professional organizations, including TESOL International Association, CATESOL (California and Nevada), and American Association for Applied Linguistics. He has served as a board member for the Orange County CATESOL organization and has facilitated youth participatory action research at a Santa Ana middle school. He is a TESOL advisory committee member for UCI’s Division of Continuing Education and has served on the board of Associated Doctoral Students in Education.
Congratulations, Christopher, for a well-deserved honor.