Berkeley MEng GSI Jonathan McKinley receives 2018 Outstanding GSI Award

Kim Voss, Associate Dean of the Graduate Division, presenting Jonathan with his award.
Jonathan placed first in the USA Triathlon Collegiate Combined National Title on April 25 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

What are some lessons you’ve learned through teaching?

Having high expectations for every student is the greatest gift that I have received from past teachers and that I can give to current students.

Can you share a little about your teaching philosophy?

I believe one-on-one meetings either with groups or individuals are the most valuable hours of one’s degree. Personalized meetings are opportunities to provide feedback and convey advice but also to demonstrate the enjoyment one can cultivate for the process of writing and communicating. I believe that enjoyment for a subject comes well before mastery of that subject.

What does this award recognition mean to you?

I admired Dr. Vivek Rao, a past Fung Institute GSI, for his ability to inspire an audience and lead by example. His reputation as a teacher proceeded him when my adviser spoke of his ability to teach and mentor technical communication students. It is therefore an honor to be recognized by the same award which was presented by the Fung Institute to Vivek in 2014.

Jonathan and his brother Stephen all smiles after the award ceremony.

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