Department of Economics Teaching Awards 2021

June 07, 2021

Every year, the Department of Economics recognizes some of its most outstanding instructors and teaching assistants for the hard work they put forward for their students.  

This year's Lawrence Boland Outstanding Instructor Award goes to full-time lecturer Martin Santamaria while the Terry Heap's Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award goes to Wenqian Sun and Xiaolin Sun. Congratulations to our three winners! 

Lawrence Boland Outstanding Instructor Award

Named in honour of award-winning instructor and retired economics professor Lawrence Boland, FRSC, the Lawrence Boland Outstanding Instructor Award recognizes the teaching achievements of continuing economics faculty over the last three years.

Martin Santamaria

Following the completion of his PhD at the University of Chicago in 2013, Martin Santamaria has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Chicago, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, University of California San Diego, and Simon Fraser University (SFU)'s Department of Economics which he joined in 2018. Throughout his career, he has taught courses successfully at the introductory level in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics as well as intermediate courses in Statistics/Econometrics, Microeconomic theory, Development, and Finance. His teaching style is approachable but rigorous and with emphasis on connecting teaching materials to real-world phenomena. He has an interest in pedagogy and teaching methods, restorative justice, and indigenous culture.

Terry Heaps Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

The Terry Heaps Outstanding Teaching Assistant (TA) Award recognizes those who go above and beyond when it comes to supporting students and faculty. 

Wenqian Sun

Since joining the Department of Economics in 2015, Wenqian Sun has been actively working as a teaching assistant (TA) for the past five years. To her, interacting with students is what she loves most about teaching. She believes the key to building a healthy relationship with students is to be the person they can go to when they have questions. Wenqian’s research interest lies mostly in econometrics. She loves skiing and snowboarding in the winter.

Xiaolin Sun

Xiaolin Sun is a PhD candidate in economics at SFU. In 2016 Fall, she joined the PhD program after completing the MA program at SFU. She has worked as a teaching assistant for many courses at SFU since 2015 including some core courses at the undergraduate level and graduate level. When she is not teaching, Xiaolin conducts research in theoretical econometrics and applied econometrics. Her recent work tries to construct new ways combining methods in econometrics and machine learning to estimate the treatment effect of social programs.