Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Congratulations to the 2017-2018 award recipients! They are:
- Tyler Kent (Wright Lab), EEB323 Evolutionary Genetics
- Patrick Moldowan (Rollinson Lab), EEB384 Diversity of Amphibians and Reptiles
- Stefanie Sultmanis (Stinchcombe & Wright Labs), BIO220 From Genomes to Ecosystems in a Changing World
Purpose: Established in 2008, the EEB Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award recognizes the important role of Teaching Assistants in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and publicly honours the efforts, talents, and dedication of TAs who make an exceptional contribution to the learning experience of their students. Recipients receive a certificate and a monetary gift in recognition of their achievement.
Past award recipients: Ramesh Arunkumar, Emily Austen, Alison Cloutier, Rob Colautti, Jeffrey Harsant, Murilo de Melo Peixoto, Rob Ness, Paul Venturell, Susana Wadgymar, Lina Arcila-Hernandez and Lucia Kwan.
Criteria: The awards are based on excellence in teaching. Factors to be considered by the selection committee include the TA's ability to:
- motivate, engage, and challenge students
- be helpful and approachable
- be well prepared for labs or tutorials
- conduct the lab or tutorial in an organized and clear manner
- have a good grasp of the subject matter
- communicate interest and enthusiasm in the course material
- provide constructive and timely feedback on course work
- demonstrate a positive attitude towards teaching and learning
Eligibility: Candidates for the award must hold, or have held, a Teaching Assistant or Sessional Instructional Assistant position in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology of at least 70 hours since May 1, 2018 (courses include BIO120H1, BIO220H1, BIO251H1, all EEB courses, EHJ352H1, ENV234H1, ENV334H1, ENV432H).Who can nominate? Nominations are welcome from undergraduate students, and graduate students (enrolled in a graduate course where there is a TA), who have observed the TA first-hand in a teaching environment. Each student submitting a nomination must be registered in the course in question in the current academic year.
Selection: The selection committee will evaluate each nomination in accordance with the criteria stated above. Short-listed candidates may be requested to submit a c.v., statement of teaching philosophy, and letter of support from the course instructor. Award announcements will be made in the spring/summer, including on the EEB website.