Indigenous Environmental Science and Studies
Award for Excellence in Teaching Assistance (2021)
Emma Pirie, a teaching assistant in Indigenous Environmental Science and Studies, is recognized for her extraordinary support for students’ learning. Students and faculty see the ways in which Ms. Pirie goes to astonishing lengths to help students understand the course materials and assignments. She emails weekly updates and creates reading guides; she explains – in detail – upcoming assignments (their purpose and expectations); she shares, willingly and helpfully, her personal experiences in relation to course concepts; she leads discussions in ways that are engaging, supportive, and fair. Students also appreciate how approachable she is, noting that Ms. Pirie treats each student with kindness and respect and encourages them to develop confidence in their ideas and abilities. Ms. Pirie will be recognized for her significant contributions as a Teaching Assistant at Trent’s Celebration of Excellence.