Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Teaching Assistants

Queen's University Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering Named TA award winners for exceptional performance
Teaching Assistants are an essential part of the teaching team in the Department, providing a crucial personal link between the Professor and the students.

With the instructor's assistance, Teaching Assistants prepare and lead the labs and/or tutorials, and grade student work. Because of their close contact with the students, Teaching Assistants play an important role in helping students learn the material, and commonly serve as mentors and career advisors. Without Teaching Assistants, the educational experience of our students would not be as rewarding as it is.

To recognize the best of our Teaching Assistants, various individual and corporate donors have created a significant number of Teaching Assistant Awards. These awards, which are given on the basis of nominations by students and faculty, carry no additional monetary value for the student so honoured.  However, the funding supplied by the donors to this program, is an essential contribution to the Department's ability to maintain good quality teaching in our laboratories and field schools, and is gratefully acknowledged. However, receipt of one of these awards is recognition of outstanding performance as a Teaching Assistant, and can be used on CVs and applications for scholarships and/or graduate school as an indication of communication and interpersonal skills. 

Senior undergraduate students can apply to be a Teaching Assistant in our introductory courses. Students who are interested in applying for a Teaching Assistant position should complete a TA Application and send it to the Laboratory Coordinator (


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Courses Open to Undergraduate Applicants (Fall 2020)

Application Form - Undergraduate


W.A. Gorman Teaching Assistant Award

This award in named in honour of long-time faculty member W.A. (Al) Gorman. Dr. Gorman arrived at Queen's in 1955 and taught in the Department for more than 50 years, dedicating himself to undergraduate education. He taught more than 10,000 students throughout his career, all of whom remember him fondly.

Named Teaching Assistant Awards

The Named TAship program is an essential contribution to the Department's ability to maintain an excellent instructor:student ratio, in order to ensure high quality field and laboratory instruction. Providing funding to the graduate or undergraduate students holding the TAs, these named TAships are awarded on the basis of nominations from the students taking the courses

Corporate Donors:


Beach Meadows Resources

BGC Engineering
Endeavour Silver

Individual Donors:

Class of ’04 - Rick Wasfy & Katie Anne MacInnis

Gordon Keep & Katherine Keep

Dr. William Pearson 

Roger & Lorna Smith

Wayne Foo & Lynne Marshall

Award Nomination Information

Please consider nominating an exceptional TA you know so that their dedication can be recognized formally. Any questions and concerns may be directed to the Department Head,

Nomination Criteria

Any student (undergraduate or graduate) who serves as a teaching assistant in a geology course during the  academic year (fall or winter term) is eligible to be nominated for one of the Departmental TA Awards. TAs must fulfill the specific criteria found on the nomination form, which includes such qualities as: knowledge of the subject, ability to explain concepts clearly, approachability, enthusiasm for the subject, availability for consultation, etc. We are seeking to reward excellence in teaching rather than simple popularity.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations should be emailed to Lorna Dumond.

Please submit a clear and detailed description of the TA's performance. The clearer and more persuasive the information given, the better the chance the nominated TA has of winning the award. Please also provide the course number, and your name.

Selection Process

After the nomination period has ended, a committee consisting of the Head, the TA Coordinator, the Miller Club President or delegate, and the Jolliffe Club President or delegate will review the applications and select an awardee. All TAs who have been nominated will be notified that their teaching has been recognized by their students.

Presentation of the Award

The award recipient will be presented with a certificate at an award ceremony to be held at the end of the fall and winter terms. A plaque with recipient names will be placed in the Department and on the website.