Great Ideas for Teaching (GIFT) Award

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Have you ever had that moment in the classroom when your students finally grasp a difficult concept and you know that all of your hard work and planning has paid off? The Centre for Teaching and Learning wants to recognize and reward outstanding Teaching Assistants for their commitment to undergraduate student learning!     

The Centre for Teaching and Learning selects the winners of the GIFT Award from a competitive pool of proposals submitted by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Each proposal provides a summary of an in-class activity, creative assignment, or another strategy that supports undergraduate student learning. Great proposals describe a course- or discipline-specific teaching idea but also include thoughts on how the strategy could be modified for use in other disciplines.

The winners will demonstrate their innovative teaching method to other Western grads and postdocs from across disciplines at a Future Professor Workshop.


  • A teaching award looks great on a CV and Teaching Dossier - especially when applying for future teaching positions.
  • By presenting their “Great Idea” at a Future Professor workshop, winners have the chance to share successful teaching methods with other graduate student instructors
  • Winners receive a $100 gift certificate to the Western Bookstore or Hospitality Services.


Prepare and submit a 1-2 page summary of your teaching idea, including the following details:

  • A description of the intended audience (i.e., discipline, department, course, level)  
  • Learning outcomes (i.e., what the students will know or be able to do at the end of the lesson)
  • A lesson outline, including required time and resources
  • An explanation of any core concepts covered in the lesson
  • Your name, department, and contact information

Deadline and more information: No award information available at present.

Contact: Dr. Karyn Olsen

Past GIFT Award Winners Proposals








  • Virtual Virtuality - Jennifer Martin, Media Studies
  • The Question Game - Angel Petropanagos, Philosophy
  • Post-it Empowered - Megan Popovic, Kinesiology


  • The Medium is Still the Message: Generation Text Meets Marshall McLuhan - Mike Arntfield, English
  • Fossil Analogies: Correlating Primate Behaviour and Morphology - Zoe Morris, Anthropology
  • Art Theory Review Pie - Helen Parkinson, Visual Arts