Rutgers English Department News

Congratulations to Marie Freibergs, Grace Kincaid, Christopher Wolfe, and Alessandra Sperling who were honored with 2021 SAS Staff Excellence Awards. Each year Peter March, Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, recognizes staff who have distinguished themselves in service excellence, dedication to the School of Arts and Sciences, and our students and constituents.

2021 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Student Experience:

The Rutgers Writing Center Team: Marie Freibergs, Grace Kincaid, Christopher Wolfe. In a typical semester, the Writing Center schedules 1000 undergraduates who will be working with 130 peer writing tutors. Marie, Grace, and Christopher were singled out for their flexibility in helping the Center pivot under pandemic conditions while maintaining the highest levels of efficiency, professionalism, and care. This is underscored by the comments of the tutors and tutees, who marvel at the speed with which their inquiries are answered and the respect they receive from these caring and dedicated staff members.

2021 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Operational Excellence:

Alessandra Sperling, Administrator, English Writing Program. According to her nominators, Alessandra was “exemplary and heroic” amid the disruption caused by the pandemic allowed the scheduling process for EWP to actually improve in terms of efficiency, communication, and adherence to deadlines in comparison with pre-COVID times. She is praised for her positive attitude, work ethic, responsiveness, and accountability in helping the Program manage the complexities of the changing directives on course offerings and modalities that COVID has induced.