Gitner Prize

Teaching assistants who have demonstrated their devotion to undergraduate teaching — including classroom presence, course preparation and administration, student counseling, and, where applicable, development of new courses and new methods of student instruction — may be eligible for a Deanne Gebell Gitner ’66 and Family Annual Prize for Teaching Assistants. Up to four $1,000 prizes are awarded each year.

Nomination Process


To nominate a teaching assistant, send a letter to the department chair by February 12th.

Chairs and directors of graduate studies:

All nomination packages must be submitted to the dean by either a department chair or a director of graduate studies. The deadline for nominations is February 26th.

Each nomination must include:

  • Chair’s nomination letter, which should include a brief summary of teaching evaluation data
  • Candidate’s CV
  • List of all courses taught
  • Letters of support from students (maximum of 5)

Click here to nominate a candidate. All materials in the nomination package should be submitted as a single pdf.

The awards for graduate student teaching (the Russell and Gitner) are drawn from the same set of nominations, so you will only need to send a single nomination for your nominee to be considered for all three awards.

Questions should be directed to the Arts & Sciences Awards Committee.

About Deanne Gebell Gitner

Deanne Gebell Gitner ’66, a graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences, has held careers as a teacher, real estate agent and writer, and for many years has served as a dedicated Cornell volunteer. While working as a staff writer for a weekly newspaper, Gitner shared with her Cornell classmates that she was “doing what I think Cornell prepared me for.” She added that, “as an English major with a minor in history, I enjoy covering local events and writing what is, in effect, local, contemporary history.” Her service to her alma mater has included roles as the Class of 1966 correspondent, the chair of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network for the Cornell Club of Eastern Florida and a life member of the Cornell University Council. Previously, she served as a member of the Tower Club Committee, a director of the Cornell Club of Northern New Jersey, a Cornell Inauguration Delegate and a member of several reunion campaigns for the Class of 1966. She has also been a board member and officer of the National Council of Jewish Women and the Millburn High School PTA. She is married to Gerald Gitner, the retired chair and CEO of Trans World Airlines. They have two children: Daniel '92, an Arts & Sciences graduate, and Seth.

In recognition of Gitner’s love for Cornell and her passion for education, her family has generously established the Deanne Gebell Gitner ’66 and Family Annual Prize for Teaching Assistants in the College of Arts & Sciences. This prize will recognize and celebrate up to three graduate teaching assistants in Arts & Sciences, carrying Gitner’s legacy forward to future generations of Cornellians.



  • Daniela Samur, history
  • Peter Shipman, literatures in English
  • Stephanie Tepper, psychology
  • Katherine Zaslavsky, sociology


  • Caitlyn Finton, psychology
  • Kyle Howard, government
  • Ana Sandu, math
  • Bojan Srbinovski, English
  • Jonathan Warner, classics


  • Becky Lu, English
  • Tyler A. Anderson, physics
  • Maru Sarazole, mathematics


  • Jessica Abel, English
  • David Peck, neurobiology and behavior


  • Nicholas Fletcher, ecology and evolutionary biology
  • Peregrine Gerard-Little, anthropology
  • Kelsey Houston-Edwards, mathematics
  • Jonathan Reinhardt, English


  • William Pennington, government
  • Drew Zemke, mathematics
  • Kristie Schlauraff, English
  • Ben Tam, English


  • Laura Manella, neurobiology & behavior
  • Sarah Maxey, government
  • Danielle Morgan, English
  • Allison Tracy, ecology & evolutionary biology


  • Adhaar Desai, English
  • Nicole Weygandt, government