Jitesh Shewale wins 2017 James Emerson Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant

Shewale, Jitesh
Jitesh Shewale

HOUSTON – Jitesh Shewale, B.D.S, M.P.H., has been selected as the winner of the 2017 James Emerson Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant (TA) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health.

The UTHealth School of Public Health Student Association gives the award annually to an outstanding TA who has demonstrated the following qualities: knowledge of the subject and competency in the area of expertise; interest/enthusiasm for teaching; interest in an understanding of the students; responsiveness to student questions and encouragement of independent thinking; and accessibility to students.

Shewale is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at the School of Public Health with plans to graduate in the summer of 2018. He has been a teaching assistant for Fundamentals of Epidemiology, taught by Shreela Sharma, Ph.D. His dissertation is titled, “Time-trend analysis of perioperative and survival outcomes in lung cancer resection patients.”

“The Emerson Award recognizes a teaching assistant’s outstanding effort and dedication to serving students in the classroom. It is an honor to receive the Emerson Award, because the recognition is based upon nominations and voting by our student body,” says Mary Ann Smith, Ph.D., assistant dean for students. “We congratulate Jitesh for his exemplary work on behalf of the teaching mission of UTHealth School of Public Health.”

The Emerson Award was established in 1994, and named for a former student, James Emerson, who was known for being an exceptional teaching assistant at the school. He died in 1993 of AIDS, in the early days of the epidemic before effective treatments were available. Emerson continued to teach throughout his illness. He is remembered for his perseverance and dedication to students.

— Written by Anissa Anderson Orr