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The 2024-25 Outstanding Teaching Awards: Daria Goncharova

Daria Goncharova
Daria Goncharova, a May 2024 doctoral graduate and former UK teaching assistant, has received numerous awards for her student-centered inclusive pedagogies. Carter Skaggs | UK Photo

Each Wednesday, UKNow is highlighting one of the winners of the University of Kentucky’s 2024-25 Outstanding Teaching Awards, given by the Office for Faculty Advancement with the Office of the Provost.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 3, 2024) — Daria Goncharova, Ph.D., a May 2024 doctoral graduate from the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, is one of nine winners to receive the University of Kentucky’s 2024-25 Outstanding Teaching Awards.

These awards identify and recognize individuals who demonstrate special dedication to student achievement and who are successful in their teaching. Recipients were selected via nomination and reviewed by a selection committee based in the UK Provost’s Office for Faculty Advancement and the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. Goncharova is one of three winners in Category 3, which honors teaching assistants.

“I am honored to be one of the recipients of the 2024 Provost Award,” Goncharova said. “Having experienced different approaches to education in Russia and the United States, I see critical inquiry as a cornerstone of my teaching philosophy. My goal is to provide students with a diverse, inclusive and collaborative environment in which we can examine how narratives — literary, cinematic and cultural — shape our perception of the world and our place in it.”

As a writer, educator and scholar, Goncharova’s area of expertise lies in 20th- and 21st-century American literature and film with an emphasis on the intersection of space, citizenship and whiteness — a focus largely informed by her own experience as an international scholar residing in the United States. ​She has published in “Adaptation” and the edited collection “Post45 vs. The World” and has publications forthcoming in “New Review of Film & Television Studies,” “Literature/Film Quarterly” and “Contemporary Literature.”

From 2017 until 2023, she was an instructor of record at UK, leading two sections per semester of 24-30 students each. Her film courses and first-year composition classes promoted accessibility, equity and diversity by incorporating free digital tools, drawing on current events and centering historically marginalized voices and narratives. ​Her student-centered inclusive pedagogies have been recognized with the Association of Emeriti Faculty Endowed Fellowship, the 2023 Jean G. Pival Outstanding Teaching Assistant in the Department of English, the 2023 Excellence in Teaching Award in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies (WRD), and first place in the university-wide 2023 GradTeach Live! competition.

“Daria’s work ethic, attention to detail and capacity to formulate ideas in compelling prose testify to her qualifications as a teacher as well as a scholar, as evidenced by her array of teaching awards,” said Alan Nadel, the William T. Bryan Professor in the Department of English, who nominated Goncharova for the award.

Before receiving her Ph.D. this spring, Goncharova completed her in M.A. in English, also at UK, in 2018. This August, she will begin the position of assistant professor in English at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia.

“I am grateful to my departments — English and WRD studies — for supporting me in accomplishing this goal, and I am thankful to UK’s many partners – UK Libraries, CELT and the Writing Center — for helping me grow as an educator,” Goncharova said.


This year’s Outstanding Teaching Awards were given to six faculty and three graduate teaching assistants. Each winner received an award certificate, a commemorative engraved gift and a cash award in recognition of their teaching excellence at a campus ceremony on April 25. Read more here.

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