Dr. Jenai Grigg, Associate Professor of Sociology for the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), was presented the Teaching Excellence Award during the school’s faculty meeting on April 18. The Teaching Excellence Award honors full-time faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences who have demonstrated innovation and dedication in the art of teaching.
“I was surprised to receive the Teaching Excellence Award,” Grigg said. “I feel so privileged to teach alongside such talented educators, that to be recognized by them was a proud moment. I love what I do; being recognized for it was a great honor.”
Grigg, who is in her 13th year at Holy Family University, has served as moderator for a number of clubs and organizations on campus, including as a chaperone for the Alternative Spring Break Habitat for Humanity trip to Virginia. Grigg is also a member of the Involuntary Pregnancy Collaborative with Dr. Stacey McDonald and Dr. Kimberly Dasch-Yee.
“Jenai was awarded the SAS Teaching Excellence Award for a few reasons,” said Dr. Shelley Robbins, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “After observing her teaching early this year, I was so impressed. Jenai spends time going over difficult topics, challenges students to think outside the box, and makes the material real in a way that they can relate it to their own lives. I was so impressed that I asked Jenai to offer a mock class for potential new students during a visit day.”
Grigg has also taken on teaching the new General Education capstone course. Her enthusiasm has led her to mentor other faculty who will soon be teaching their own section of the class.
Previous Teaching Excellence Award winners include Dr. Arthur Grugan, Pam Flynn, Father Mark Hunt, Dr. Dan Mankowski, Dr. Mary Carroll Johansen, and Dr. Kimberly Dasch-Yee.