The Department of English Language and Literatures is proud to announce that Craig Stensrud, PhD candidate, is one of the winners of the Faculty of Arts Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for 2019-2020. Craig is currently completing his dissertation,“Scorching Irony: Anti-Hypocrisy in Antebellum U.S. Literature,” under the supervision of Dr. Sandra Tomc, Graduate Program Chair. He previously completed his M.A. at Dalhousie University and his B.A. (Honours) at UBC-O.
Craig’s record includes many distinctive achievements as a TA and educational leader, both in our department and in the wider UBC community: he has provided extraordinary levels of TA support for UBC students in English 110 and 111, while concurrently working as a tutor for students registered with Accessibility Services from 2017 to the present. In 2018 he served as a Doctoral Teaching Fellow, the primary instructor for a section of English 110, a position that is allocated to our strongest doctoral TAs. He has been a featured presenter at the Department of English Pedagogy Workshops for two years.
Craig has also worked closely with Dr. Tiffany Potter, the English Department Associate Head for Curriculum and Planning, as a TA and conference presenter: under Dr. Potter’s supervision, Craig was a co-facilitator at the Congress Pedagogy Hub, an inaugural series of daily workshops and teaching exchanges held at the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Science at UBC in May 2019.
Craig has worked very hard to create welcoming and inspired learning spaces for all students, regardless of their background or faculty. Indeed, he has made reaching out to all students a central part of his teaching mission.
His students in the past year have described him as the “one of the best,” “an amazing TA,” and “a very inspiring teacher who puts a great effort into his classes to ensure that we can continuously improve our writing.”
Warmest congratulations to Craig!