About the Award
The Andy Farquharson Teaching Excellence Award celebrates teaching excellence among UVic graduate student teaching assistants.
Each academic unit may submit a single nomination. While unsuccessful candidates from previous competitions can be re-nominated, previous winners of this award are not eligible.
The following graduate students are eligible to apply:
- Teaching Assistants involved in teaching activities as a TA (not as a sessional) at UVic during the 12 months prior to the deadline (generally hired under CUPE 4163)
- Lab Instructors or Senior Lab Instructors who teach the lab sections of courses
Sessional Instructors are not eligible for this award.
Deadline: 2023 TBA
How to nominate
Please review the guidelines below before nominating a recipient for the award.
It is assumed that candidates will be in the process of developing these skills and attributes, not necessarily having already mastered them.
Student-centred / learning-oriented approach to teaching
- Fosters excitement and enthusiasm about learning
- Applies scholarly approach to teaching
- Displays innovative instructional approach informed by Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
- Creates open learning environments; is supportive of diverse student needs
Institutional values and adherence to UVic learning outcomes
- Inspires and mentors academic development
- Fosters development of academic skills (e.g., critical thinking, writing and communication skills)
- Is cognisant of the value of integrating research and teaching
Personal qualities that contribute to teaching
- Models appropriate scholarly, professional and ethical behaviour (e.g., lab safety)
- Is self-reflective about teaching (shows improvement over time)
- Demonstrates leadership qualities (e.g., collaborative, commitment to excellence)
- Contributes to the learning goals of the course instructor
The nomination package must consist of a single pdf file with contents arranged in the order indicated below. Documents submitted in excess of the page limits noted will not be considered.
Section 1: Nomination letter (maximum 1 page)
Section 2: Letters of support (maximum 1 page each)
Section 3: Nominee statement (maximum 2 pages)
Section 4: Summary of evidence (maximum 5 pages)
Examples may include (though not all are required):
- Instructional materials developed (e.g., handouts, lesson plans, problem sets, class website pages, marking rubrics, manual sections, test questions, etc.). Note: these materials are applicable only if developed by the TA and not by the course instructor
- Mentoring of students in the classroom/lab or through office hours
- Samples of feedback given to students (anonymized), or before- and after-samples of student work that a student modified based on feedback from Nominee
- Effective facilitation of on-line discussion threads or other virtual learning environments
- Relevant SoTL research that informs teaching practice (indicate how the research was used)
- Interest in learning about new skills as a TA (e.g., attending LTSI courses)
- Offering teaching-related workshops for other graduate students/TAs
- Public and peer-reviewed sharing of teaching and learning discoveries (e.g., presenting at conferences or symposia)
- Being interviewed by the media to share experiences from a teaching and learning-related project to a broader audience
Section 5: Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
Award Administration and Process
The award is administered by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
A selection committee reviews the nominations and makes a recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies.
The selection committee includes:
- Chair, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies
- Executive Director, Division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI) or designate
- One undergraduate student appointed by the University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS)
- One graduate student appointed by the Graduate Students’ Society (GSS)
- One previous winner of the award
Up to three awards of $1,000 each are selected annually. The awards will be publicized by UVic Communications + Marketing.
Inquiries may be directed to the Assistant to the Dean at 250-472-5187 or email@example.com.