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Applied Health Sciences Teaching Assistant Award - School of Public Health and Health Systems

Have you had an exceptional teaching assistant (TA) in the School of Public Health and Health Systems (SPHHS)?

Nominate them for the Teaching Assistant Award!

To ensure that the award committee can consider your nomination, please fill out each of the fields in the form below. If you have questions, please contact Professor Mark Oremus.

Who is eligible?

The award is given annually to an SPHHS student who served as a teaching assistant for at least one Health (HLTH) course during the academic year (September-August).

When is the deadline for nominations? 

Nominations are due August 20. The award winner will be announced in late August. Instructors, students, and other teaching assistants are eligible to submit nominations.

Who selects the winner? 

An award committee comprised of professors and graduate students chooses the winner based on the quality of the nominations. Typically, one award is given each year. In very rare instances, two awards may be given.

What are the criteria? 

When evaluating the nominations, the award committee will focus on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to the overall learning, academic and personal growth of students;
  • Exhibits clear communication skills during tutorials and office hours;
  • Responds to emails in a timely manner;
  • Provides thorough feedback on assignments;
  • Discusses course material with intellectual rigour, enthusiasm and integrity;
  • Has a favourable and significant influence on students;
  • Shows sensitivity to the needs of students; and
  • Demonstrates high-quality teaching and student learning, either in tutorials or in one-on-one meetings with students.

​Nominees need not demonstrate evidence of success on all of the above criteria, but they should show evidence of success on at least two criteria.

What should I write in a nomination?

  • Did your TA teach you in ways that made it exciting for you to come to tutorial?
  • Did your TA make it easier for you to learn course material? If so, then how?
  • To what extent was your TA responsible for increasing your understanding of course material?
  • What did your TA do to support student learning? Did they provide any mentorship?
  • Did your TA provide clear, helpful feedback on assignments and exams?
  • Was your TA able to communicate ideas clearly and effectively?
  • How did your TA compare to other TAs that you have had? 

Nomination information is confidential. Only award committee members will have access to your submission. 

What is the value of the award?

The recipient will receive $500 and a plaque. The recipient will be expected to speak at the Graduate Teaching Assistant Training Day.

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