Nick Marsellas Wins 2020 Tamara Horowitz Prize

Nick Marsellas, a PhD student in English Composition pursuing a GSWS graduate certificate, has been awarded this year's Tamara Horowitz Graduate Student Paper Prize for his essay "Off Scaffolding and Into the Deep End," a contribution to critical pedagogy studies.

Marsellas's essay, grounded in his experience as a teacher and a teaching mentor in the English Department, argues against pedagogies that attempt to scaffold students' (often mainly privileged students') classroom encounters with marginalized identities.  Drawing from critical race theory and feminist and queer pedagogies, Marsellas advocates "deep-end teaching practices" designed to highlight the fact that about many important questions, students necessarily work from limited knowledge.  Plans are underway for Marsellas to offer a pedagogical workshop through GSWS in the coming year.