TA Awards

The Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) Teaching Assistant Award was established in 1998 to recognize the important contributions to the university by teaching assistants, seminar leaders and lab demonstrators. Four TA awards are available.

Presented to an individual TA in recognition of an outstanding contribution to teaching and learning at Brock.
Award Amount:  $500.00

Eligibility: Individuals eligible to receive the award are teaching assistants (seminar leaders and lab demonstrators) who have demonstrated a commitment to assisting others in reaching their educational goals. Eligible teaching assistants must have one or more years of teaching experience.

This award is sponsored by the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation.

YearRecipient
2017Parthajit Mukherjee, Chemistry
2016Julie Domitrek, Biology / Women’s & Gender Studies
2015Andrew C. P. Kemble, Psychology
2014Kiel Ormerod, Biological Sciences
2013Christina Quintiliani, Education/Child and Youth Studies
2011Jo-Anne Sinnige-Egger, Child and Youth Studies
2009Divya Joshi, Community Health Sciences
2008Christine Goodwin, Child & Youth Studies
2007Jeff Reichheld, English Language & Literature
2006Elizabeth Ilnicki-Stone, Chemistry
2006Kirsti Van Dorsser, Psychology
2005Mandy Frake, Physical Education & Kinesiology
2004Frank Benko, Physics
2004Jacqueline Dix, Political Science
2003Michele Stairs, Geography
2002Jimmy Au, Mathematics
2001Donna Vukmanic, Chemistry
2000Caroline Stikkelbroeck, Communications, Popular Culture & Film
1999Ellen Maisson, Biological Sciences
1998Gail Neff, Chemistry
1998Marilyn Cottrell, Economics

Presented to an individual TA who shows promise in the field of teaching.
Award Amount:  $300.00

Eligibility: Individuals eligible to receive the award are novice teaching assistants (seminar leaders and lab demonstrators) who have less than one year of experience as a TA but who have demonstrated a commitment to assisting others in reaching their educational goals.

This award is sponsored by the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation.

YearRecipient
2017Francesca Patten, Classics
2016Miranda MacDougall, Education
2015Brodie Terence Hague, Geography
2014Phillip Wallace, Appied Health Sciences
2013Stephanie Lampman, Linguistics
2010Dana Mirshahi, Economics
2008Meaghan Wilkin, Psychology
2007Diane Hart, Communication, Popular Culture & Film
2006Shonesee Devereaux, Physical Education & Kinesiology
2005Antony Hunter, Recreation and Leisure Studies
2004Ryan Nery, Psychology
2003Cornelis Vandermeer, Political Science
2002Melora Cunliffe, Physical Education
2001Marsha Salmon, Psychology
2001Mike Boland, Communications, Popular Culture & Film
2000Randy Thompson, English Language & Literature

Presented to a graduate student TA (with one or more years of teaching experience) who shows promise in the field of teaching.
Award Amount:  $400.00

Eligibility: Individuals eligible to receive the award are teaching assistants (seminar leaders and lab demonstrators) who have demonstrated a commitment to assisting others in reaching their educational goals. Eligible candidates must be graduate students with more than one year of teaching experience.

This award is sponsored by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

YearRecipient
2017Harrish Aggarwal, Applied Health Sciences
2016Stephanie Culp, Classics
2016Dinara Salaeva, Community Health Sciences
2015Eleftherios (Terry) Kyprianos Soleas, Education
2014Regan Fitzgerald, Psychology
2013Kathleen Moore, Education
2012Deborah Jehu, Community Health Sciences
2012Jacob Bernam, Biology
2011Alison Innes, Classics
2010Samantha Dear, Recreation & Leisure Studies
2010Tarah Csaszar, Classics
2009Joseph Brown, Computer Science
2009Kerry Ransom, Community Health Sciences
2008Bethan Kingsley, Physical Education & Kinesiology
2007Bonita Gracey, Physical Education & Kinesiology
2006Sarah Johnson, Physical Education & Kinesiology
2005Trudy Tattersall, Communications, Popular Culture & Film
2004Joanna Sheppard, Physical Education & Kinesiology

Presented to an international graduate student TA (with one or more years of teaching experience) who show promise in the field of teaching.
Award Amount: $300.00

Eligibility: Individuals eligible to receive the award are teaching assistants (seminar leaders and lab demonstrators) who have demonstrated a commitment to assisting others in reaching their educational goals. Eligible candidates must be graduate students with more than one year of teaching experience.

This award is sponsored by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation.

YearRecipient
2016Chimaobi Amadi, Mathematics
2015Oksana Pichugina

Application guidelines

  1. The nomination form (download, print, & complete) must be signed by two nominators.  One nominator must be a faculty member/instructor for the course.  The second nominator may be a student or a peer.
  2. The individual nominated must sign the nomination form to indicate his/her willingness to be considered for the award.
  3. Each nominator must submit a letter outlining:
    1. his/her relationship to the individual
    2. why he/she has nominated this person
  4. One of the two nominators must provide a summary of the support documentation (i.e., a summary of the testimonial letters, teaching evaluation data, etc.)
  5. Supporting documentation is essential.  This should include:
    1. a statement of teaching philosophy
    2. evidence of professional development in teaching (i.e., attendance at the Workshop Series offered by the CPI; the Theory  & Practice of University Teaching graduate course, or the Instructional Skills Workshop)
    3. faculty evaluation of TA performance (if available)
    4. a summary of teaching evaluations (if available)
    5. testimonial letters (from sources other than the nominators      – maximum of 6)
    6. a brief Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Please note:
Teaching experience includes teaching as a TA at other post-secondary institutions. TAs are only eligible to receive one award within a five year period.

Suggestions

For the purposes of this award, the following may be considered; for example, classroom instruction, lecturing, seminars, tutorials, online facilitation, and lab demonstration.  Letters and supporting documents should address how the person has made a contribution to teaching rather than how great a person he/she is. For the purposes of this award, the following may be considered:

  • Availability to students
  • Student mentoring
  • Marking and evaluation
  • Ability to respond to student needs
  • Methods of delivering instructional material
  • Contributions to course development and modification
  • Developing an effective and positive learning climate

Supporting documentation from a variety of sources is preferred (students, faculty, peers, administrators).

Deadline

The nomination package (in hard copy) must be received at the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (TH136) by the first Friday in March. The successful candidates will receive the Awards at the TA Reception sponsored by the CPI and the VP Academic in April.

The package must include:

  • A nomination form signed by the two nominators and the candidate (also available from CPI in TH253B).
  • Complete documentation as outlined in #3, #4 and #5 above. All documentation is subject to verification by the selection committee.

Please note that the selection committee reserves the right not to select an award winner in any given year.