Eligibility Criteria (CI)

This award is open to currently-registered graduate students only in Units 1, 2 or 4 of CUPE 3902. This award is not open to Post-Doctoral Fellows in Unit 1 or 5, or Sessional Lecturers in Unit 3. Candidates must hold an appointment as a sole-responsibility Course Instructor – not as a Course Coordinator (with solely administrative responsibilities) or Head TA. Course Instructors who are participating in the co-facilitation of a course with a faculty member as a member of a teaching team are also ineligible. If you have any questions about multiple instructors in a single course (e.g., multiple sections with separate instructors), please contact k.olmstead@utoronto.ca.

To be eligible, Course Instructors must:

  • Have held at least one previous appointment as a Course Instructor (prior to January 1 in any given year).
  • Preference will be given to Course Instructors who have held more than one appointment.
  • Be currently enrolled (in good standing) in the School of Graduate Studies and be a member of Unit 1, 2 or 4 of CUPE 3902.
  • Hold an appointment between May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.
  • Have held an appointment for an undergraduate course. Course Instructors who teach exclusively at the graduate level are not eligible for this award.

To reiterate, Course Instructors in their first appointment are not eligible for this award.

Once a Course Instructor has received the award, the student cannot be put forward for subsequent awards. However, candidates who have been short-listed for the Course Instructor Award can be considered again for subsequent awards. Previous winners of the TATP Teaching Excellence Award for TA work (prior to 2015) are eligible to be nominated for the Course Instructor award.

We recognize that many graduate students may hold multiple appointments in one academic year as both a TA and a Course Instructor. Thus, in any given award year, a graduate student may be put forward for both the Course Instructor award and the Teaching Assistant award. In such cases, the graduate student can be nominated for both awards, but can only be short-listed for one (whichever award nomination carries the strongest support).