June Scott Teaching Excellence Award for Teaching Assistants

The objective of the June Scott Teaching Excellence Awards for Teaching Assistants is to recognize publicly the contributions, which teaching assistants make towards the achievement of excellence in undergraduate education, and to honour those who have made exceptional contributions to teaching.

The award recipient will receive $2000 for conference travel/professional development.

Award Criteria

The June Scott Teaching Excellence Awards for Teaching Assistants is made on the basis of excellence in teaching in its broadest sense. Excellent teachers typically demonstrate the following qualities: display a mastery of, and enthusiasm for, the subject area, and have effective communication skills; have been exemplary in one or more areas of teaching; are judged to be "outstanding," rather than merely "very good"; stimulate and challenge students' minds, and encourage their intellectual development; and are interested in and reasonably accessible to students.

Past Winners

Name Department Year
Michael Donnelly

Bernice Iarocci
English & Drama

Visual Studies
2016-2017
Lindsay Coome

Marc De Benedetti
Psychology

Chemical & Physical Sciences
2015/2016
Samantha Mahabir

Jade Atallah
Cell & Systems Biology

Biology
2014/2015
Soaleha Shams

Meital Avivi-Reich

Alvin Singh
Cell & Systems Biology

Psychology

Biology
2013/2014
Diana Patzer English & Drama 2012/2013
Phil Rudz Geography 2011/2012
Sally Turner Geography 2010/2011
Lisa Ann Robertson Biology 2009/2010
Anna Lomanowska Psychology 2008/2009
Teresa Lobalsamo

Thottakaad Radakrishnan

Andres Suarez
Language Studies

Chemical & Physical Sciences

Biology
2007/2008
Vedran Lovic Psychology 2006/2007
Leanne De Souza Biology 2005/2006
Kathy Falk

Mark Fitzpatrick
Commerce and Finance

Biology
2004/2005
Ariel Beaujot History 2003/2004
Scott Trevithick History 2002/2003
Luc F. Bussiere   2001/2002
Luc F. Bussiere   2000/2001
Randi McCade Psychology 1998/1999
Glota Perdikaris   1997/1998
Adrienne Riglet   1996/1997
Michelle Leung   1995/1996
Pascal Michelucci Language Studies 1994/1995
Jeff Dawson   1993/1994
Esther Levesque   1992/1993
Maria Locco

Mary Robinson
  1991/1992

 

Principal Nominators

Any individual or group at the University of Toronto Mississauga may submit nominations as the principal nominator. Nominations from students are encouraged. 

Nominators are encouraged to read the following guidelines carefully prior to submitting a nomination.

Nominee Eligibility

The award is open to individuals who are currently, or was during the past academic year, engaged as a Teaching Assistant to support a primary course instructor. Individuals considered to be Teaching Assistants are normally members of various Units of CUPE3902.

Individuals may be nominated for the award any number of times, but may receive the award only once.

Adjudication Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated for the award by the Adjudication Committee on the basis of outstanding performance in several of the following areas:

  • Outstanding effectiveness as an instructor
  • Excellent command of the subject area
  • Skills in organizing, developing and presenting course material
  • Creativity in teaching
  • Implementation of innovative techniques that facilitate learning
  • Sensitivity to student learning needs

Adjudication Committee Process

There are no fixed criteria or rules for the selection of award winners. Members of the Teaching Awards Adjudication Committee are encouraged to use their good judgment in weighing different categories of teaching, and different sources of evidence, as they see fit.

Number of Awards

The role of teaching assistants varies by discipline; they are instructors, discussion leaders, tutors, laboratory demonstrators, markers, advisors, etc. Since it is impossible to compare teaching assistants who have different roles, up to three (3) awards may be made in any one year. The actual number of awards made in each year will be dependent upon the quality of the nominations received. Although the Adjudication Committee may wish to give one award in each of the three academic divisional areas, they are not required to do so. In exceptional circumstances, more than one award may be given in a division.  

Nomination Package Requirements & Format

From 2015, all nomination packages submitted to the Teaching Excellence Award must be submitted electronically as single PDFs, and may not exceed 75 pages (excluding CV). (No hard copies of anything.)

A complete nomination package will include (1) a detailed covering letter from the principal nominator (maximum 5 pages), summarizing and explaining the documentation, and drawing attention to the most significant points brought forward in favour of the candidate, (2) a dossier outlining the nominee's teaching assistant duties and accomplishments in the areas listed under Adjudication Criteria, and (3) miscellaneous requirements outlined below, providing vital summary information to facilitate the adjudication process. The nomination should be clear, comprehensive and well documented. Nominators will need to be selective in the type and amount of evidence they collect to support the nomination package, in order to meet the 75-page limit.

The dossier may include…

  • Evaluation of the nominee by the course director.
  • Representative letters from students and others, explaining why they think the nominee is deserving of the award.
  • The nominee’s Curriculum Vitae. (Not included in the 75-page limit.)
  • Course evaluations and/or student opinion surveys, if any exist, normally provided by the Chair of the appropriate department. (Please summarize any raw data.)
  • A sample and summary (no more than 50 pages) of other relevant information, such as teaching materials, which demonstrates the award criteria.

As academic departments have different expectations of their teaching assistants, it is not expected that a nomination dossier would include all the above evidence. 

Miscellaneous Nomination Requirements…

  • A title-page that includes the principal nominator’s contact information.
  • A table of contents, and labeled pages dividing distinct package sections.
  • A list of those who have written letters supporting the nomination, including the constituencies represented. (In general, strong nominations include support from several constituencies, such as students, former students, teaching assistants, faculty colleagues, and departmental Chairs.)
  • A summary, potentially included as part of the covering letter, of the important points brought forth in the letters, including pertinent quotations with the surname, in parenthesis, of the person who wrote the letter.
  • Must not exceed 75 pages (excluding CV).

Deadline for Submission of the Nomination Package

The nomination package must be complete and in PDF format. The PDF should be saved in the name of the nominee. That PDF can then be uploaded to the UofT Dropbox at the link below, and using that system, sent to Rong Wu (rong.wu@utoronto.ca)

https://dropbox.utm.utoronto.ca/dropoff.php

Nomination packages are due Friday, May 26, 2017 by 5pm.

Notes on Privacy & Confidentiality

  • Nomination packages will be disseminated to Adjudication Committee members, and the membership of those Committees will likely not be set until after the nomination deadline.
  • The successful nominee will be provided with a full copy of the complete nomination package (along with a congratulatory letter).
  • The Adjudication Committee administration will NOT notify unsuccessful nominees of their nomination, nor will the administration provide them (or anyone other than the Adjudication Committee) with a copy of the unsuccessful dossier.
  • Successful nomination dossiers, including references, can be viewed on demand (by appointment) in the OVPR.
  • Please do not include confidential information in the nomination package.

Questions?

Please contact Rong Wu (rong.wu@utoronto.ca) if you have questions about this year's June Scott Teaching Excellence Award competition. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQ will be updated throughout the competition. Please refer back here regularly to stay
up-to-date if you are preparing a nomination.

When will I find out the competition results?

  • The Adjudication Committee usually meets in June or July, so you will hear one way or the other shortly thereafter. Only the principal nominators are notified; Nominees themselves are not directly notified.

If the nomination I submitted is unsuccessful, will I be provided feedback?

  • Principal nominators will be provided with the contact information of the Chair of the Adjudication Committee upon request. Requests for feedback should be made directly to the Chair.