2018-2019 Killam Teaching Prize Winners

April 23, 2019

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to announce that four faculty members have been awarded the Killam Teaching Prize for 2018-2019. The Killam Teaching Prize is awarded annually to faculty nominated by students, colleagues and alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching.

Maria Carbonetti, Lecturer of Spanish
French, Hispanic and Italian Studies

Maria Carbonetti teaches intermediate and upper-level Spanish Language courses in the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies (FHIS). Since 2010, she also designs and runs community-based and service-leaning projects and has created Spanish for Community, a hub for community engagement and service learning at FHIS, offering the students the opportunity to apply their linguistic skills and to learn from local partners working with the Hispanic community in Metro Vancouver and abroad.


Michael Griffin, Associate Professor
Philosophy and Classics

Michael Griffin studies the philosophers of the ancient Graeco-Roman world, especially the vibrant intellectual traditions that emerged around Plato and Aristotle during their lives and later, during the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. He is particularly interested in the practice of philosophical education in late antiquity, and the role of philosophy in society.

A “Professor-in-Residence”, Griffin is currently working on a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning seed project with UBC’s Centre for Learning and Teaching Technology to investigate how the humanities can foster global citizenship, by enhancing students’ capacity to understand and empathize with others.

Tara Mayer, Instructor

Tara Mayer’s scholarship and pedagogy centre on two main themes: Visual Literacy and Teaching Historical Controversy. Mayer has created an agenda for visual literacy by organizing a symposium on teaching through material culture (Past Matters), driving the development of a new digital tool for Interactive Image Annotation in and beyond the classroom (funded by TLEF), and providing new, hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate students in local museum collections (Objects of Encounter).

Mayer is also currently engaged in a project with colleague Kari Grain (Department of Educational Studies) to examine student responses to historical controversies.


Gavin Paul, Instructor

Gavin Paul began teaching in Arts One in 2010. His research interests include Shakespeare, early modern drama, comic book literature and literary responses to 9/11.

His current projects include a book-length study of the performance history of Shakespeare and Middleton’s Timon of Athens (Manchester University Press) and, along with Anthony Dawson, editing the Internet Shakespeare Edition of Macbeth.