Sarah Balcom Wins Woodrow Wilson Foundation Excellence in Teaching Fellowship

Sarah Balcom

May 6, 2019

ANSC Professor Sarah Balcom received a $20,000 Excellence in Teaching Fellowship from Course Hero & the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. This program provides “Genius Grants” to Tenure-Track and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty to recognize, promote outstanding teaching. As a non-tenure-track Fellow, Sarah will receive a one-year grant of $20,000 to strengthen their teaching and support research and conference participation. 

The Fellowship, created by Course Hero and administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, is a “genius grant” for outstanding teachers in higher education. “This fellowship highlights college educators who are using innovative, forward-thinking methods to teach their students,” said Andrew Grauer, cofounder and CEO of Course Hero. “This year’s class epitomizes excellence in teaching. Fellows are pushing the boundaries in lecture halls and labs, coming up with new ways to engage learners and crafting lessons for students that will stay with them long after they’ve left the classroom. We are proud to recognize these outstanding leaders as Course Hero–Woodrow Wilson Fellows.”

For non-tenure-track instructors, the fellowship supports an overall commitment to excellence in teaching. The flexible one-year, $20,000 grant supports teaching, research, and conference participation. Sarah Balcom, Jason Bruck, Ekaterina Elgayeva, and Subhalakshmi Nagarajan make up the 2019 non-tenure-track class.

“The Woodrow Wilson team is delighted to be able to offer this kind of support to the fellows. They’re emerging faculty stars.” said Beverly Sanford, vice president and secretary of the Foundation.

The newest Course Hero–Woodrow Wilson Fellows, already great college educators, are emerging leaders in their fields who are on a clear trajectory to help their students grow into the thought leaders—and innovators—of tomorrow.

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