Help us celebrate TAs!

Teaching Assistant awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the work done by a group of individuals who are frequently overlooked and acknowledge the vital role that our graduate students play in supporting faculty, staff, and students.

Please consider nominating one of our fabulous Teaching Assistants for a TA Award this term.

TA Excellence Awards Information

About the awards:

There are two awards available to Biology and Biochemistry TAs (it is possible to win both in one year):

  • EDC Outstanding TA Award: One TA at Carleton is chosen each year to receive this award, which is valued at $250, and includes a certificate and formal recognition on the plaque outside the EDC training room (422 Dunton Tower).
  • Departmental (BIOL & BIOC) TA Award: One Biology or Biochemistry TA is chosen each year to receive this award of $250, which includes a Certificate of Award and Letter of Recognition from the Department Chair.

The nomination process:

Who is eligible?

Only those TAs that have been assigned to a biology (BIOL) or biochemistry (BIOC) course (Fall – Winter; either full year or one term) are eligible for the award.

Who should submit the nomination form/package?

Faculty, contract instructors, peers, and undergraduate students are welcome to nominate a TA. Nominators are encouraged (though not required) to collaborate on a single nomination package (i.e. groups of students are encouraged to contribute towards single nomination packages, potentially in collaboration with their instructors). Self-nominations are welcome.

Where and when are nominations submitted?

Nominators are asked to complete the digital ‘TA Award Nomination Form’ (this one form can be used to nominate a TA for both the EDC Outstanding TA Award and the Biology/Biochemistry TA Award, and is available through  the EDC’s ‘TA Support’ website at, and attach any additional documentation using this online form.

 The Selection Process:

The Award Committee meets to deliberate in March. The committee will review all nominations and make a decision that considers some or all of the following criteria (where appropriate):

  • Teaching Skills: Teaching ability demonstrated in tutorials, office hours or guest lectures;
  • Grading: Quality of grading in terms of fairness, promptness, helpfulness and relevance of feedback/comments;
  • Communication: Quality of communication with students or the instructor (e.g., in office hours, email communication, etc.);
  • Learning Environment: Ability to stimulate, engage or provoke thought within an inclusive working environment;
  • Other: Any other qualities demonstrating commitment to teaching or grading

Award winners are notified in April.