SCARP PhD candidate Keisha Maloney wins Killam award

Keisha, near harbour of sailboats

It is with pride that we announce SCARP PhD candidate Keisha Maloney has been selected to receive a UBC Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

About the Killam Teaching Assistant Award

The Killam awards help in the building of Canada’s future by encouraging advanced study, increasing the scientific and scholastic attainments of Canadians, developing and expanding the work of Canadian universities, and promoting sympathetic understanding between Canadians and the peoples of other countries.

The UBC Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant award is presented each year to a small number of graduate students who have made outstanding contributions to teaching and learning at the University of British Columbia. Since there are over 2000 Teaching Assistants currently working at UBC, winning this award isn't just an extraordinary achievement, but proves that she has already achieved extraordinary things, to the benefit of her students.

Each and every Killam scholar brings individual and unique contributions to the world, creating and disseminating knowledge that has global impact. With over 2000 Teaching Assistants working at the University of British Columbia, winning this award is a truly remarkable achievement.

Keisha will be ceremoniously awarded her Killam certificate in late April, and invited to attend a ceremony in honour of all 2023 UBC Killam Laureates. 

More about Keisha Maloney

Keisha, presenting at a conference

Keisha's research has always represented an informed voice for inclusivity, equity, and innovation. She has worked to deconstruct many western modes of planning towards a more inclusive model. 

Keisha has been awarded numerous scholarships in her time, and just last year won the Public Scholars Initiative award to support her execution of a collaborative process for counter-cartography development.

SCARP is not new to the experience of congratulating Keisha on her many achievements and extraordinary insights. We can only say how excited we all are for everything she is coming to represent in the world, and everything she will bring to and transform within that world. 

To end on a note from Keisha herself:

Keisha, in front of woody path

I'm very grateful to be recognized by the faculty in and beyond SCARP, and appreciated by the students who supported my nomination for the Killam GTA Award. I've been fortunate to have opportunities within the School, and through other opportunities across UBC (especially at the Center for Community Engaged Learning and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology) to develop my teaching abilities. Creating a safe and welcoming space for students to share their thinking and hone their skills is central to me. I'm passionate about delivering active learning experiences that connect students to the material in a tangible and practical way. In doing this, students not only see the issues at hand, but see opportunities for themselves to be a part of the solution. I've thoroughly enjoyed the learning journey I've been on, and am honoured to know this has had a positive impact for the students and faculty I work with!

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