- Lieber Memorial Associate Instructor Award (1998)
Because students often approach required foreign language courses with a mixture of indifference and anxiety, Grote tries to make his classroom an open, low-stress environment in which students can learn and experience more than just the Spanish language. He uses humor and lighthearted discussion, gets to know each of his students personally and brings information from outside of the Spanish curriculum which can be synthesized into the daily lesson. He created a manual for new instructors at the 100 level and worked with another associate instructor to compile a corresponding set of materials for the 200 level. In the spring of 1997, he was awarded the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Associate Instructor Teaching Award.