PhD Student Seungmi Cho Recognized for Teaching with Award

Photo of Seungmi L. Cho wearing red dress in front of green bushes.
Seungmi Cho

PhD Student Seungmi Cho,  MSW ‘07, BSW ’06 received a 2023-2024 Capstone Teaching Award for her outstanding teaching record at UW-Madison. This campus-wide TA Award speaks to Seungmi’s contribution to students and the learning environment on campus.

She has taught number of courses for the school in her time, including Advanced Macro Practice (Lecturer), Human Behavior and the Environment (TA), Homelessness: Service Learning Course (TA), and Introduction to the Field of Social Work, (TA).

“I love teaching social work students. Their questions and insights make me a better scholar,” she says.

As a doctoral student herself, Seungmi recently spent a year conducting dissertation research in Seoul, Korea as a Fulbright U.S. student award recipient. Seungmi’s critical interdisciplinary research is broadly motivated by Black feminism’s intersectional theorization of reality as structured by race, class, and gender.

Over the course of her career, Seungmi has received numerous awards, including a Teaching Excellence award from the school and an Outstanding Women of Color, Diversity, Equity, & Educational Achievement from UW-Madison. In 2016, UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Alumni Association recognized her with a “Forward Under Forty Award.” She plans to complete her PhD this spring.

The Capstone Teaching Award recognizes TAs with an outstanding teaching record over the course of their UW–Madison tenure. This category honors TAs who are dissertators at the end of their graduate program and planning to defend their dissertations by the end of the academic year.

In addition to finishing her disseration, Seungmi is teaching SW 710: Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice for the school this spring. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to encourage students on their learning journeys,” she says.