CSL's Adve among faculty honored with Campus Awards for Excellence in Instruction


Steve Witmer, Illinois News Bureau

Faculty and staff members and graduate teaching assistants at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this spring were honored for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising, collectively known as Campus Awards for Excellence in Instruction.

The Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching recognizes sustained excellence and innovative approaches in undergraduate teaching and contributions beyond classroom instruction that have an overall positive impact on undergraduate student learning. Honorees are represented in three employee categories – faculty, specialized faculty and teaching assistants – and each receives a monetary award.
Sarita Adve
Sarita Adve

CSL's Sarita Adve, professor of computer science, received the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring. This award recognizes faculty members for their sustained excellence in graduate student mentoring, innovative approaches to graduate advising, and their impact on graduate student scholarship and professional development. The award is co-sponsored by the Graduate College.

Adve takes an approach to mentoring rooted in the belief that every student can succeed with the right environment and mentoring, but that every student is different and has their own needs. Her students often comment on her customized mentoring that adapts to the requirements of individual students. In all of her mentoring techniques and philosophy, one signal comes through loud and clear: she truly cares about her students and invests a tremendous amount of effort into the success of each of them.

Also receiving this award is Chi-Fang Wu of social work. For the full list of award recipients, click here.