The Linguistics Graduate Committee is very pleased to announce that graduate student Joy Peltier was awarded this year's Deborah Keller-Cohen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. This $500 award is an early-career teaching award for Linguistics graduate student instructors. 

Joy is a third-year PhD student, who studies the pragmatics of functional and discourse items, particularly in situations involving languages in contact. Joy teaches ENGLISH 125.

“I am deeply honored by the Committee’s recognition,” said Joy. “The opportunity to teach has been a treasured part of my U of M journey, and receiving this exciting news has been an uplifting way to end the term.”

The Department of Linguistics created the Deborah Keller-Cohen Award in 2018. Professor Keller-Cohen is Professor of Linguistics, Women's Studies, and Education, and former Rackham Associate Dean for Humanities and the Arts. In naming the award in her honor, the Department recognizes Professor Keller-Cohen's own stellar undergraduate teaching in Linguistics, as well as her profound commitment to training and mentoring Linguistics graduate student instructors.

Congratulations, Joy, on this well-deserved award!

Previous Recipients of the Deborah Keller-Cohen Award

2018-2019: Yourdanis Sedarous

2017-2018: Dominique Bouavichith