The Faculty of Arts & Science Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes teaching excellence in undergraduate and graduate education with a focus on classroom instruction and course design and/or curriculum development.
Candidates must hold a continuing appointment at the Associate Professor/Professor rank (tenure/teaching stream) in the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George campus).
Award Criteria and Supporting Evidence
The awards are made on the basis of continuing excellence in undergraduate/graduate teaching and other contributions to undergraduate/graduate education, with a focus on the past three years. Candidates should demonstrate excellence in the areas noted below. The nomination package should include relevant evidence (e.g. in the form of course evaluations, teaching materials, etc.) to demonstrate their contributions in these areas.
- Instructional Practices
The nomination should provide evidence of the candidate’s teaching excellence in the instructional practices (lecture, seminar, lab, online, in-the-field, etc.) which may include the ability to stimulate critical and analytical thinking in students, to create an environment conducive to learning, to provide an intellectually stimulating learning experience, and to deepen students’ understanding of the course material. Nominations should include a description of how the candidate incorporates reflective, scholarly and/or evidence-based pedagogical approaches in their teaching.
- Course Design and/or Curriculum Development
The nomination should provide evidence of the candidate’s outstanding contributions in course design and/or curriculum development. This may include efforts that foster the ongoing renewal of courses and programs to address the evolving needs of students and/or those that support student learning or provide unique and challenging learning opportunities for students. It may also include the integration of research, active learning experiences, or opportunities for building connections to local, national and international communities.
Deadlines and Timelines
- Friday, February 1, 2019 at noon – Nominations are due
- Friday, March 1, 2019 – Recipients of the 2018-2019 Outstanding Teaching Award, and their nominators, notified
- Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – Awards reception for recipients and nominators
Up to five awards will be presented each year. A nominator may submit more than one nomination. The awards will be presented at a reception and award recipients will receive $2,500 and a commemorative certificate. Individuals may be nominated for an award any number of times, but may receive an award only once in five years.
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|2018||Christine Lehleiter, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
Dragana Obradovic, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
Sarah Wakefield, Department of Geography & Planning(Read a news article about the 2018 Outstanding Teaching Award Winners.)
|2017||Ashley Bruce, Department of Cell & Systems Biology
Michelle Craig, Department of Computer Science
Denise Cruz, Department of English
Tania Li, Department of Anthropology
Michael Reid, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Dunlap Institute(Read a news article about the 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award Winners.)