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Rafael Núñez Rodriguez receives Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants

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Congratulations to Rafael Núñez Rodriguez on receiving a 2023 Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants!

A PhD candidate in Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Rafael has taught extensively in the Spanish language program and in the Spanish for the Professions program. The award committee notes: “Rafael stands out for his innovative, rigorous, and extraordinarily engaged teaching. He creates a truly immersive language environment that, as one student put it, ‘challenged me to learn in a deeper way than I ever had before.’ Students credit him for giving them a new understanding of Spanish culture, inspiring them to empathize and engage with Spanish-speaking students in Chapel Hill, as well as energizing them to travel outside the country and pursue further foreign language studies.”