Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards

In recognition of the valuable role that teaching assistants play in our graduate and undergraduate programs, UBC annually honors teaching assistants with the Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. The prize includes both a certificate and $1,000. Successful candidates will have met criteria that result in a high level of respect from undergraduate and graduate students and academic or course supervisors.

The award is open to any UBC Graduate Teaching Assistant who acts or has acted in this position at UBC Vancouver during the current and/or preceding academic year (2022-23 and/or 2021-22).

Nomination Process:
Nominations are encouraged from faculty supervisors (professors, senior laboratory instructors) of the Graduate Teaching Assistant nominee, from colleagues working closely with the nominee, and from the students who attended the nominee’s class or laboratory. TAs can also self-nominate for the award. Nominations are to be submitted to their Unit (Program or Department) for review. Each Unit shall forward one nomination package to the Dean’s office for consideration. If the TA work is performed in a Department other than the GTA’s “home” Department (where they are registered), the nomination package should be submitted to the Department in which the work is performed, and the home Department should be notified of the nomination.

Nomination Deadlines:

  • Individual nomination packages must be submitted to the Director or Head of the Unit by Friday, March 3, 2023.*
  • The units must submit their one nomination package through the Online Submission Portal to the Dean of Medicine’s Office by Friday, March 10, 2023.
  • Following adjudication, the Dean’s Office will select one winner and notify the Provost Office by March 24, 2023.

*(While the guidelines suggest a deadline for units by Friday, March 3, 2023, units can choose to select their own deadline to accommodate the internal adjudication process, ensuring that the selected nomination package is submitted to Dean’s office by March 10, 2023).

FoM-Specific Nomination Package Guidelines:                         

Complete details of this award are available on the UBC Provost and VP Academic website. At FoM, we are recommending to:

  • Submit the application dossier as one single PDF (Last name, First name_ unit name)
  • The nomination package should have the following order:
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Nomination letter (if applicable) (max 2 pages)
    3. Candidate’s statement (max 2 pages)
    4. Summary of teaching responsibilities and contributions (max 2 pages)
    5. Feedback or letter of support from students, colleagues, and/or supervisors (max 10 pages)
    6. Any supporting material as an appendix (if applicable) (max 10 pages)

Complete details of this award are available on the UBC Provost and VP Academic website.

In case of submission-related queries, please contact