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):

  • Outstanding TA Award: Five TAs at Carleton are chosen each year to receive this award, which is valued at $250.
  • Departmental (BIOL & BIOC) TA Award: Up to two Biology or Biochemistry TAs are 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?

Nominations are collected every winter term. One form is used for both the Outstanding TA Award and the Biology/Biochemistry TA Excellence Award.

The form is available through the Teaching Awards website at https://carleton.ca/teachingawards/outstanding-ta-awards/.

The Selection Process

The Award Committee meets to deliberate in April. 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