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Tina Do Awarded 2021 Teaching Assistant Teaching Award
SFU English congratulates Tina Do who has received the 2021 Teaching Assistant Teaching Award. ENGL 111W students nominated Tina for the award. They mentioned Tina’s attention to plagiarism tutorials and essay-writing skills, how students showed up eager to learn for a 9:30 a.m. online tutorial, and that from the start she was also attentive to their mental health needs and the challenges of university life under the pandemic.
Students commented that Tina, “would spark immersive and in-depth discussions which helped us gain more of an insight on a text or concept, and this would ultimately help us with our writing.” They also noted that, “Tina excelled at linking all the thoughts, concepts and theories we learned in the lecture to our readings and even made us think about the different ways they applied to the text which created a deeper understanding as a whole.”
The TA Teaching Award began in 2019 and is awarded annually to a first-year teaching assistant in a writing-intensive, 100-level course. Its purpose is to acknowledge the work that TAs do as an important form of contact between first-year students and the Department. TAs must be nominated by at least three students in one or more of their tutorials. Criteria include: excellence in support for student writing, excellence in teaching research methods, excellence in linking with and generating discussion of the professor’s lecture, and excellence in personal support. The award comes with a $500 cash prize.
The Department would also like to thank Tina Do for her work and all ENGL 111W students for their nominations.