Sara Santarossa, Elizabeth Ismail, Laura ChittleLaura Chittle and Elizabeth Ismail of the GATA Network flank kinesiology PhD student Sara Santarossa, one of the 2017 honorees for educational practice.

Awards to recognize instructional contributions of graduate and teaching assistants

The Centre for Teaching and Learning has issued a call for nominations for the 2018 GATA Awards, recognizing the contributions made by graduate and teaching assistants to the University’s learning environment.

The centre will confer two GA/TA Awards for Educational Practice and one GA/TA Award for Educational Leadership.

“GAs and TAs can benefit tremendously from this experience,” says GATA Network co-ordinator Laura Chittle. “The nomination process allows for self-reflection and encourages you to think about your teaching in a scholarly way, thereby guiding future teaching and professional decisions.”

Sara Santarossa, a doctoral candidate in kinesiology, won for educational practice in 2017.

“Receiving this award is not only humbling and helps to verify that how I act and what I do as a GA makes an impact, but it allows the rest of the University to see what we do in HK,” she says. “How we teach and learn. How we care about each and every student.”

Details — including criteria, eligibility, and the nomination process and forms — are available on the centre’s website. The deadline for nominations is May 22 at 5 p.m. Direct questions or comments to Pierre Boulos at

Find more information about services and resources offered by the GATA Network on the CTL webpage and on the network’s blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

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