We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Faculty of Forestry’s Best Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. The award comprises the Jordan L. Burke Memorial Award in Forestry and the Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. The recipients have demonstrated exceptional skills and contributions to teaching that have earned them a high level of respect from students and course supervisors.
Awards: Jordan L. Burke Memorial Award in Forestry – 1st Place, Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
Professors: Lori Daniels, Sarah Gergel
Congratulations to Jennifer Baron for being the 1st place winner of the 2021-2022 Faculty of Forestry’s Jordan L. Burke Memorial Award in Forestry (Best Graduate TA Award) and Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Over the past year, Jennifer has been the Teaching Assistant for one undergraduate course (CONS200) covering 3 credit units with 136 students, and two graduate courses (GEM500, and FCOR599) covering 9 credit units with the Master in Geomatics and Environmental Management Program. Jennifer is known for her expertise, professionalism, and mentorship amongst students, colleagues, and Faculty. In addition, Jennifer’s commitment to teaching far exceeds what is required or expected of a graduate student, showing her true passion for education spanning a range of student ages, from K-12 through university. Her nomination was supported by several course instructors and students.
Awards: Jordan L. Burke Memorial Award in Forestry– 2nd Place
Professors: Scott Hinch
Congratulations to David Moulton for being the 2nd place winner of the 2021-2022 Faculty of Forestry’s Jordan L. Burke Memorial Award in Forestry (Best Graduate TA Award). David has been the Teaching Assistant for CONS486 covering 6 credit units since 2019 and has been a guest lecturer for various courses inside and outside of UBC in recent years. David is known for his enthusiasm and continuously improving the learning experience of his students through his own professional development and active volunteerism. His nomination was supported by several course instructors and students.
Congratulations to both Jennifer and David and thank you to the adjudication committee, all the nominees and everyone who contributed time and energy to this year’s submissions.
Jordan L. Burke Memorial Award
This award has been made available through an endowment established by friends, family and colleagues in memory of Jordan L. Burke (1982-2019) for graduate students in the Faculty of Forestry who have demonstrated a passion for teaching in their roles as Teaching Assistants. Jordan (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. 2016) was a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow with the Forest Insect Disturbance Ecology Laboratory in the Faculty of Forestry. His research focused on the range expansion of the mountain pine beetle in British Columbia and Alberta. Jordan served as a TA and instructor to many undergraduate students in the Faculty of Forestry. This award was established in recognition of Jordan’s legacy as an enthusiastic and encouraging instructor.
Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
This award seeks to recognize teaching excellence within UBC and to underscore the importance and value that UBC places on teaching and learning. 19 awards are made this year among the thousands of Teaching Assistants working at the university.