The purpose of the LTO’s TA/GA Awards Program is to recognize, promote, and reward the contributions that teaching and graduate assistants (TA/GAs) make to enhance the quality of undergraduate student learning experiences at Ryerson. There is no one way to be an excellent TA/GA, but all excellent TA/GAs can demonstrate their commitment to personal development and their contribution to the student learning experience.
As the Academic Plan for 2008-2013 states, Ryerson is a place where teaching matters, where graduate student development matters, and where the student experience remains the central and uniting aim of academic activity. The LTO’s TA/GA Awards Program lends itself to this mission and offers itself as a partner and complementary support to Ryerson’s distinct Faculties, Schools, and Programs as they develop their own local TA/GA initiatives.
TA/GAs play a critical, yet challenging role at the university. They facilitate the grading and small-group work (in tutorials, studios, and labs) that is so essential to the undergraduate student experience. At the same time, TA/GAs often face a myriad of challenges, including: (1) the juggling of responsibilities as both a student and employee of the university; (2) the negotiation of a steep learning-curve involving complex skills associated with marking and the running of tutorials or labs; and (3), the need to remain accountable to both the supervisor’s and the students’ expectations, while still working within a contracted number of hours.
These TA/GA Awards – created in collaboration with Ryerson Human Resources, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 3904 Unit 3, faculty, staff and TA/GAs themselves – centre on the development of self-directedness in the TA/GA role by emphasizing three criteria: (1) community building, (2) employee relations, and (3) the student experience. The Awards Committee selected this year’s recipients based upon these three criteria.
The recipients of the 2012/2013 LTO TA/GA Award are:
Aleksandra Bida for her work in the Department of English;
Aslam Hanief for his work in the Department of Chemistry and Biology;
Elana Jackson for her work in the School of Early Childhood Studies;
Scott Marentette for his work in the Department of Social Work;
Nicole Sugden for her work in the Department of Psychology.
The recipients each receive an award of $500.
Please join us in congratulating this year’s award winners.