Gigliana Melzi, an associate professor in Steinhardt’s Department of Applied Psychology is the recipient of NYU’s 2015-2016 Distinguished Teaching Award. The award is given annual to faculty members who have made a significant contribution to the intellectual life of NYU through their teaching.
“Gigliana Melzi is a tireless advocate for her students and nurtures them to develop their fullest potential,” said Steinhardt Dean Dominic Brewer. “Her teaching and mentorship extend beyond the classroom and contributes to the academic development of her students.”
In nomination letters, students and faculty members described Melzi as a captivating lecturer with a passion for teaching, and research.
“Gigliana teaches students the mindset they need to be independent thinkers and critical consumers of information, which is a skill that lasts a lifetime,” wrote former student Margaret Caspe (PhD ’07). “She never has a preconceived notion of what her students should be, but rather helps them to find their passion and discover who they are.”
Melzi’s research on the ways that Latino parents support their children’s learning and early literacy development has been funded by the National Institute of Health, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, and the Brooke Astor Foundation. She leads a team of researchers comprised of undergraduate and graduate students who are encouraged to engage in independent research efforts under her mentorship.