2020-2021 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards

In recognition of the valuable role that teaching assistants play in our programs, the University annually awards teaching prizes to UBC Teaching Assistants, with two of these awards being allocated to the Faculty of Education. The prize includes both a certificate and $1,000.00.


The award is open to any Graduate Teaching Assistant who acts or has acted in this position during the current and/or preceding academic year (2020-21 and/or 2019-20).

Nomination Process:

Nominations are encouraged from faculty supervisors of the Graduate Teaching Assistant nominee, from colleagues working closely with the nominee, and from the students who attend/attended the nominee’s class or laboratory. Graduate TAs can also self-nominate for the award. For full details, please visit the Provost and Vice President Academic web site.

Important Note:

The call for nominations on the VP Academic & Provost web site describes two different sets of support documentation for the dossier – “Required” and “Suggested.” In order that all Education nominations are adjudicated equitably at the Faculty level, Education dossiers must contain only the “Required” support materials. Any of the “Suggested” support materials will be removed prior to the adjudication.


There is no application form for this award. Rather, the nominating party (or the nominee if this is a self-nomination) must compile a dossier of information about the nominee’s work as a TA, and include the requirements listed below, addressing the Effective Teaching Criteria outlined here.

  1. A summary of recent teaching responsibilities, including number of students, type of teaching undertaken, hours per week in the classroom, average time spent constructively in consultation with students and with supervisors as it relates to Teaching Assistantship duties. If applicable, include activities from the preceding year. (maximum 2 pages)
  2. A statement of the candidate’s values and assumptions about teaching and learning in higher education(maximum 1 page)
  3. Any formal feedback from students, colleagues and/or supervisors(in the form of student evaluations, letters, or related material) which addresses the stated criteria for this award.  (maximum 15 pages. It is suggested that support letters be addressed to “To whom it may concern”)
  4. A demonstration of the candidate’s contributions to teaching over time (for example, as a Teaching Assistant or marker, and ability to teach a course on his/her own). (maximum 3 pages)

Nomination Deadline:

Individual nomination packages must be submitted to your Graduate Program Assistant by: Friday, March 5, 2021.
Nomination packages must be forwarded to educ.ore@ubc.ca for Faculty adjudication by: 4:00 PM on Friday, March 12, 2021.

For more information, please contact the Office of Research in Education at 604-822-5512 / email: educ.ore@ubc.ca