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MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award

MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award

Congratulations to Justin Hastings, PhD candidate in English, who won the 2016 Midwestern Association of Graduate School’s Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching award. He was recently honored at the Association’s annual conference, where he spoke about his philosophy and love of teaching. In addition to his invitation as a speaker at the conference, Justin was awarded a $750 Honorarium.

This highly competitive award is given to one outstanding PhD and Master’s student who exemplifies the teaching and learning mission of universities throughout the region. These awards have been created to recognize the importance of excellence in teaching and mentoring as a component of graduate education and the preparation of graduate students for future service as college and university faculty. In addition, Justin was awarded the Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award for Loyola in the spring of 2015. Aligned with the larger university mission of providing a Transformative Education, the Council of Graduate School Programs has established an annual “Excellence in Teaching Award” specifically for graduate student instructors of record.

Justin's teaching career has covered courses in English literature, Medieval Studies, Classics, Latin, foreign languages, and rhetoric and composition.  His primary research interest is the medieval inheritance of the classical tradition, and his dissertation explores the way the Horatian tradition was used in Old and Middle English literary production. He currently holds the Schmitt Fellowship in Leadership and Service and received the Medieval Academy of America’s Janet Lumiansky Dissertation Grant, which supported archival research at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris and the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan. Justin completed his B.A. from Mount Union College and his M.A. from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.