Accepting Nominations for UGGS 2013 Top TA/GPTI Award

February 6, 2013

The United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) is pleased to announce the annual Top Teaching Assistant competition for 2013. Graduate student Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Graduate Part-Time Instructors (GPTIs) enhance the educational experience of undergraduates and contribute to the legacy of high-quality instruction at CU. The Top Teaching Assistant Award is designed to recognize the teaching abilities, skills, and practices of the University's most outstanding graduate student TAs and GPTIs.

Application Guidelines: A TA or GPTI can be nominated by a faculty member who has regularly observed the nominee conducting classroom activities or has supervised the nominee in planning and evaluating classroom activities. To nominate a TA or GPTI, the nominating faculty member must submit a letter detailing the unique merits of the nominee's instructional abilities. This letter should speak to the specifics of how the TA or GPTI functions in the classroom environment, pedagogical methods used, demonstrated growth in teaching skill where applicable, and generally why this individual stands out as a teaching assistant or part-time instructor. This letter should be typed, standard 12-point font, not to exceed two pages double-spaced and addressed to UGGS Top Teaching Assistant Committee. Please only include one letter.

Eligibility: Any fee-paying graduate or professional student who is currently enrolled in courses at least half-time at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is working as a TA or GPTI for any CU course in the 2012-2013 academic year (including summer 2012) and has regular weekly contact with students in a classroom or laboratory setting is eligible to be nominated. Nominated TAs or GPTIs must have worked in their position for at least one semester or summer term within one year of the nomination deadline.

Details: Nominations and accompanying letters are due no later than 5pm on Friday March 22, 2012. Nominations can either be emailed to or dropped off at the UGGS Office in the UMC room 127. If no one is in the office, letters can be slid under the door. 

UGGS will be awarding up to two prizes, accompanied by a cash award. Winners and their nominators will be invited to both the Annual UGGS Round Table Dinner to be held on April 5th and the Graduate School's Awards Ceremony held in early May.

Judging Procedure: The applications will receive a blind review by a committee of graduate students. Judging criteria will include: (1) demonstrated excellence of the TA/GPTI above and beyond the typical experience; (2) unique and/or creative pedagogical skills; and (3) outstanding classroom and/or laboratory teaching practices.

Feel free to contact us at with any questions or for clarification.