Announcing our TA Excellence Award Winners:
Julia Hooker, PhD Candidate
Colton Stephens, Master’s Candidate
Myriam Hoyeck, PhD Candidate
Melanie Low, PhD Candidate
Jill Brooks, PhD Candidate
A warm congratulations to you all!!
TA Excellence Awards Information
Teaching Assistant awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the work done by a group of individuals who are frequently overlooked and acknowledge the vital role that our graduate students play in supporting faculty, staff, and students.
About the awards:
There are two awards available to Biology and Biochemistry TAs (it is possible to win both in one year):
- EDC Outstanding TA Award: One TA at Carleton is chosen each year to receive this award, which is valued at $250, and includes a certificate and formal recognition on the plaque outside the EDC training room (422 Dunton Tower).
- Departmental (BIOL & BIOC) TA Award: One Biology or Biochemistry TA is chosen each year to receive this award of $250, which includes a Certificate of Award and Letter of Recognition from the Department Chair.
The nomination process:
Who is eligible?
Only those TAs that have been assigned to a biology (BIOL) or biochemistry (BIOC) course (Fall – Winter; either full year or one term) are eligible for the award.
Who should submit the nomination form/package?
Faculty, contract instructors, peers, and undergraduate students are welcome to nominate a TA. Nominators are encouraged (though not required) to collaborate on a single nomination package (i.e. groups of students are encouraged to contribute towards single nomination packages, potentially in collaboration with their instructors). Self-nominations are welcome.
Where and when are nominations submitted?
Nominators are asked to complete the digital ‘TA Award Nomination Form’ (this one form can be used to nominate a TA for both the EDC Outstanding TA Award and the Biology/Biochemistry TA Award, and is available through the EDC’s ‘TA Support’ website at https://carleton.ca/tasupport/outstanding–ta–awards–nominations/), and attach any additional documentation using this online form.
The Selection Process:
The Award Committee meets to deliberate in March. The committee will review all nominations and make a decision that considers some or all of the following criteria (where appropriate):
- Teaching Skills: Teaching ability demonstrated in tutorials, office hours or guest lectures;
- Grading: Quality of grading in terms of fairness, promptness, helpfulness and relevance of feedback/comments;
- Communication: Quality of communication with students or the instructor (e.g., in office hours, email communication, etc.);
- Learning Environment: Ability to stimulate, engage or provoke thought within an inclusive working environment;
- Other: Any other qualities demonstrating commitment to teaching or grading