President Lee Pelton on Monday reminded everyone gathered inside the Semel Theater for the 2017 Gold Key Honor Society Induction Ceremony that “excellence is not an act, but a habit.”
The ceremony recognized the academic achievements of Emerson students and the teaching excellence of three faculty members.
Assistant Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann was awarded the Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Seligmann, who teaches modern Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. literature, said in her acceptance speech that she approaches her role as an instructor as guiding both her students and herself to decode “the parts of society that don’t make any sense.”
Ian Blaustein, affiliated faculty in the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, was awarded the Alan L. Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching.
True to his field of ethics and philosophy, he meditated upon whether one should be ashamed, humbled, or proud of standing in front of an audience for recognition of their teaching, when that very time could be spent teaching another class, thus continuing the very practice that they were recognized for.
Associate Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing Jabari Asim was awarded the Emerson College Alumni Award for Teaching Innovation.
He described the “torturous joy” of seeing students’ written works come into existence, viewing his role as not an authority on the journey, but as a “knowledgeable escort.”
Membership in the Gold Key Honor Society is extended to juniors in the top 5 percent and seniors in the top 10 percent of their class who have earned at least 48 credits at the institution.
Speaking after the event, Kelsey Aijala ’17, a Marketing Communications major and one of this year’s inductees, reflected on the ceremony.
“As a student, I was reminded of the work I did in order to simply be here through the words of the professors and what they had to say to the students,” Aijala said.
Juniors inducted into the Gold Key Honor Society are:
Ariela Rudy Zaltzman
Madison St. Amour
Seniors inducted into the Gold Key Honor Society are:
Olivia Woollett \