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Teaching Assistant Excellence Awards

Rini Jose receiving the TA Excellence Award 2019

Rini Jose (left), PhD student in Epidemiology, receiving the 2019 Teaching Assistant Excellence Award from Alexis Finger (right), former Chair of the Teaching Assistant Excellence Awards Committee at Graduate Student Day, May 30, 2019.

Award Overview

Teaching Assistant Excellence Awards are presented to graduate students who serve as Teaching Assistants or Teaching Fellows (TAs/TFs) and who exhibit exemplary commitment to student learning through reflective teaching practices, creative and innovative teaching methods, academic support, leadership and a commitment to their own professional growth and development as an educator.

Awards are presented for:

  • Excellence in Teaching Assistance- Must have taught or supported at least one course, including online courses, during the current academic year and be a first-time TA award winners, up to 10 awards will be presented for $100 each
  • Continued Excellence in Teaching Assistance- Previous TA award winners who are nominated again and deemed deserving of continued recognition, no monetary award
  • Highly Commended- TA award finalists, no monetary award

Nomination Process & Timeline

Faculty supported by TAs and students who are or were recently enrolled in a course supported by a graduate student TA are encouraged to nominate deserving TAs. Eligible graduate student TAs must have taught or supported at least one course, including remote/online, during the current academic year and must be fully matriculating in a graduate program. Medical and law students may also be nominated.

Nominations for the 2020-2021 Academic Year were due by 12 p.m. EDT Friday, April 30, 2021.

See the 2021 award winners and finalists here.

Required Materials

  1. Completed Nomination Form via Qualtrics
  2. FOR FACULTY NOMINATING ONLY- Student’s Personal Statement- Maximum of 1 page outlining the student's teaching philosophy (if teaching) and/or describing their responsibilities, innovative and/or impactful contributions to support faculty, students, and the learning environment.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Contributions to Student Learning
  • Reflective Teaching Practices
  • Leadership/Potential Growth
  • Outstanding Contributions and Innovation
  • Outstanding Contributions to Academic Support

Award Selection & Distribution

The Graduate College appoints a diverse group of faculty and professional staff representing Drexel's Colleges and Schools to review nominations and select University-level awardees based on the evaluation criteria. Awards are usually distributed each year at a Graduate Student Day awards ceremony and reception; however, due to COVID-19, we will honor awardees by sending a University-wide announcement and distributing digital award certificates. Graduating awardees are also listed in the official Commencement booklet and may also be recognized during their College/School Commencement ceremony.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate College at

Visit the Graduate College website for more information about the Graduate Student Excellence Awards.