Nominations open for Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

By Daina Tagavi, Professional Development Peer
Monday, December 17, 2018 3:00 PM

The UCSB Academic Senate is now accepting nominations for Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards.

Teaching assistants play a vital role in enhancing the teaching mission of the University. The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards recognize the contributions of graduate students to the teaching and learning process at UC Santa Barbara.


  • Nominees must have been a Teaching Assistant at UCSB for a minimum of three academic quarters in the last five academic years, current quarter included.
  • Nominations must be based solely upon responsibility as a Teaching Assistant. 
  • Nominees must be individuals, not teams.
  • Previous award recipients and current members of the Committee on Outstanding Teaching Assistants are not eligible. 

Criteria for Teaching Excellence

  • Documented excellence in teaching and the qualities that distinguish this nominee from others.
  • Evidence of creativity, innovative teaching efforts and extra effort in improving classes and teaching effectiveness.
  • The nominee’s rapport with students, availability and willingness to hold special help sessions, efforts to stimulate independent critical thinking, and demonstration of excellence in teaching.

Up to four recipients are selected, each of whom receives an honorarium of $1,000 and a framed certificate.

Nominations ​can be submitted online at: Nomination deadline: January 2, 2019.

More information on the Academic Senate Teaching Awards can be found here. Email with any additional questions you may have.