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Shadyside Resident Honored for Teaching Excellence

Ruth Leehacharoenkul was recently honored with the Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching at the annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence at Duquesne University.


A resident of Shadyside, Leehacharoenkul is a graduate student in Duquesne University’s biological studies department in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. Leehacharoenkul is one of four graduate teaching assistants selected for the award.

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), the award promotes and rewards teaching effectiveness of current graduate students.

The CTE was founded in 1989 at Duquesne University to promote excellence in teaching at all levels, from beginning graduate teaching assistants to senior faculty scholars.  Working collaboratively with faculty, the CTE utilizes university resources to create an educational culture that values and rewards teaching for the primary purpose of enhancing student learning.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.