Tomlinson Engagement Award for Mentoring (TEAM)

In order to enhance the quality of education received by undergraduate students we want to improve the teaching resources for courses by arranging for peer-mentors.

These undergraduate students can help with discussion groups and/or assist with scantron viewings. In addition, other efforts could include question monitoring on the Course Discussion Boards and contributing questions for exam review as directed by their instructors.  Students should be talented individuals who have done well in a recent offering of the course.

If interested in this program, course instructors should identify one or more quality student(s) from a very recent offering of the class. These undergraduate students can attend an orientation session prior to the beginning of their semester of engagement. For their efforts, the peer mentors will receive a modest award ($300 for ~25-30 hours/semester for their activities, not taxed) and the designation of “Tomlinson Engagement Awardee for Mentoring” (TEAM). Their involvement in TEAM will also be included on their co-curricular record.

A course can be at any level although it is not likely that small courses normally taken in the last year will have candidates for this position.  The guideline for selection to this programme is for the student to have been one of the best in the class in a previous version of the course (preferably delivered by the same instructor). TEAM awardees must also be a registered McGill student, (undergraduates only) and remain registered throughout the semester in which they receive the award. For additional details please see  PDF icon TEAM Course Instructor Outline

During this past year (2020-2021), over 900 TEAM awardees were allocated for 173 courses.  The feedback from the instructors was excellent and to date, all instructors are looking forward to the renewal of this program and continued participation.

Owing to limited funds, it may not be possible to support all applications. Requests will be prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis as well as by the registration numbers for any given course. As a guide, the ratio of TEAM awardees to class size is as follows: 4-6 mentors for very large classes; 3-5 for classes of 100-200 students, and 1-2 mentors for classes of 20-50 students. These are guidelines only and queries on the subject can be addressed to Dr. David Noble Harpp (see below).

We are accepting applications for the following semesters: Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Winter 2022. Although the deadline for the Fall 2021 semester was officially June 10th we will be accepting applications during the summer. Please note that the TEAM application form below MUST be used when applying.

File TEAM Application Form

Each instructor or team of instructors will be responsible for the selection of students, for definition of the TEAM member’s responsibilities, and to sign off at the end of the term verifying that the Awardee performed their tasks as requested.  Students will be given their Award by a transfer to their bank account upon receipt of the instructor’s approval at the end of the course.  Please ask students to be prepared. 

Please note that application forms must be sent in by the instructors and not by students.

For questions about this program please contact Dr David Harpp at david.harpp [at] mcgill.ca or Lina Mullings at tomlinson.project [at] mcgill.ca. Applications for TEAM awardees must be sent to both email addresses.

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