Lecturer Susan Guilfoyle has received the 2019 UCI School of Education Faculty Mentorship Award for Inclusive Excellence for her outstanding support of undergraduates, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students, and alumni. This award recognizes a faculty member from Senate or Non-Senate ranks, who has demonstrated excellence in promoting the school’s mission of creating an inclusive climate through student mentorship.
School of Education faculty and students submitted nominations for the award. The following summarizes the submission comments in support of Guilfoyle's nomination.
As an instructor, Susan promotes authentic learning opportunities, including providing tutoring opportunities for her UCI students in afterschool programs, encouraging them to design reading and writing activities to include English language learners, and facilitating correspondence with 5th grade students in a dual-immersion school via Google classroom. She has taught 10 different courses in the undergraduate and MAT programs in a variety of settings, from lecture style to laboratory, and through activity-based learning. For the undergraduate program, she designed two new fieldwork courses, EDUCc132: Reading and Writing Enrichment for After School Programs and EDUCc101: Strategies for Tutoring and Teacher Aiding in a Bilingual Classroom. Each course helped launch two new programs at UCI - CASE (Certificate in Afterschool & Summer Education) in the School of Education and the recently-introduced minor in Spanish/English bilingual education in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
As bilingual authorization coordinator in the MAT program, Susan mentors bilingual undergraduate and graduate students, mostly first generation Latino students, thus paving their bilingual teacher pathway from the undergraduate level to graduate level. Her enrichment activities include field trips to dual language immersion schools in Orange County to understand the different bilingual models that are implemented, professional development training at the UCLA Lab School, and volunteering and interpreting service at the annual CABE (California Association for Bilingual Education) conference.
Susan invites students and guests to her home for opportunities to network with alumni and area leaders. To prepare students for the job market, Susan conducts mock interviews and assists with preparation of portfolios, cover letters, resumes, and state-mandated tests. She maintains a Bilingual Teacher website, Bilingual Teacher Network comprised of current students and alumni, and a Bilingual Teacher Facebook page.
As faculty advisor for the Bilingual Teacher Student Association, Susan attends each meeting and recommends guest speakers that can help students with advice, testing, networking, and employment.
In responding to her honor, Susan comments, “As each quarter ends, I reflect on my informal and formal assessments, observations of student behavior, and interactions and extended experiences I have with students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. The immediate feedback I receive from student performance in the course guides me in revising my lectures, tasks, and assignments. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the growing diverse student population on campus. They have been the catalyst and a rich resource for my evolving approaches to teaching and mentoring in more engaging and meaningful ways.”
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