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On March 29, 2023 at the 79th Annual Midwest Association for Graduate Schools (MAGS) Annual Meeting, Ashley Worthington was recognized for her excellence in teaching and mentoring as a component of her master’s level graduate education. The annual award is given to one doctoral student and one master’s student nominated by over 140 graduate schools in the Central U.S.


Ashley Worthington earned her M.A. in English with a specialization in Renaissance literature from John Carroll University in the spring 2022. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant in John Carroll’s English Department, Worthington served as a Writing Consultant for the University’s Writing Center and taught “Introduction to Academic Writing”—an undergraduate course that teaches the fundamentals of scholarly writing and research across disciplines. During her time at JCU, she also served as a Graduate Assistant for “Introduction to Shakespeare” and sat on the University’s First-Year Composition Committee. In the spring of 2022, Worthington received the JCU English Department’s annual Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award, which is designed to encourage and reward excellence in undergraduate instruction and service to the university, as well as to acknowledge the importance and dedication of graduate students as educators and leaders at John Carroll University. 


“I was honored to be selected by the committee members for the teaching award at MAGS, and I am particularly honored that my nomination came from the faculty of John Carroll’s English Department,” said Worthington. “The English teachers at JCU are among the best I’ve had the privilege to study under, and much of what I learned during my time in JCU’s English Department carries into my classrooms today. I am grateful for the positive guidance and mentorship I experienced as a Graduate Assistant at John Carroll, and I am truly humbled to be recognized in this way!”


The 2023 MAGS Excellence in Teaching Awards were recognized at the 79th Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Magnificent Mile, March 29-31, 2023. Winners of the award each received a $750 honorarium, plus up to $500 toward travel expenses to attend the MAGS meeting.


"Ashley serves as an example of how JCU's Graduate School alumni use their education to transform the world for the greater good," said Rebecca Drenovsky, Dean of Graduate Studies at John Carroll University. "It's wonderful to see her hard work and dedication to teaching recognized by MAGS."


Worthington currently teaches English at University School—an independent high school for boys in Hunting Valley, Ohio.



The Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is a regional affiliate of the Council of Graduate Schools. MAGS membership spans 14 states and over 140 institutions in the Central 

US. MAGS member colleges and universities are accredited institutions of higher education in the central U.S. that offer graduate programs leading to masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. For more information, visit



John Carroll is a private, Jesuit Catholic university that welcomes students of all backgrounds. Founded in 1886, JCU has been listed in U.S News & World Report magazine’s top 10 rankings of Midwest regional universities for more than 30 consecutive years and consistently receives high rankings for master’s programs.