TA Teaching Excellence Awards

2018 Award Recipients

Edward Escalon, Study of Religion/Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies

Jennifer Fraser, Institute for History and Philosophy of Science & Technology

Devorah Kobluk, English

Pedram Mortazavi, Civil  Engineering

Shawn Xiong, Biochemistry

Congratulations to all the recipients and shortlisted candidates. And thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a teaching assistant!


2018 Shortlisted Candidates

Ashley Smith, Anthropology
Janani Selvachandran, Applied Psychology and Human Development
Maryam Abdinejad,
Physical and Environmental Science
Nazanin Khalili,
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Oana Baboi
, Institute for History & Philosophy of Science & Technology
Philippe D’Onofrio, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute/Surgery
Sasha Weiditch, Department of Cell and Systems Biology

This year, we received 550 nominations for TAs from students and instructions.Congratulations to everyone nominated this year and thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a TA.


Important Dates for 2018 Award

Nominations Open: November 13, 2017
Nominations Close: February 28, 2018

Short List Announced: March 19, 2018
Supporting Material Due: April 13, 2018 at noon

Winners Announced: April 30, 2018

If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please contact k.olmstead@utoronto.ca.


If you are a teaching assistant who would like to share information about this award, please let colleagues, your department and students know how they can nominate a TA. All nominations are anonymous and a TA should not be involved in this process beyond sharing a link to this page.

Recipients will receive a monetary award, the opportunity to participate in the TA Award winner panel at Tri-campus TA Day, and a framed certificate.

If you have any questions about this award, please contact k.olmstead@utoronto.ca.


The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program’s (TATP) Teaching Excellence Award was created in 2003 to recognize the outstanding contributions of teaching assistants at the University of Toronto. The award seeks to value the work of TAs who regularly inspire and challenge undergraduate students.