1.0 Nominator Letter: Anyone can be a nominator; nominators should know the nominee in some kind of teaching or mentorship capacity and have witnessed teaching moments (e.g. guest lectures, facilitating workshops, in-class assessment, giving talks or sitting on panels, in extracurricular engagement in its many forms). For student nominators, this could be in the classroom, experiential learning, in the lab, through mentorship, supervision, advising and/or extending learning beyond the classroom. For faculty, staff, or librarian nominators, this could take the form of co-teaching, through committee work, departmental visioning, curriculum design, in workshops, through collaborative projects, mentorship, etc. Nomination letters should not exceed 3 pages and provide a holistic account of the nominee’s engagement in teaching excellence and educational leadership. Nominators can include excerpts of testimonials from a wide range of collaborators, including students, staff, faculty, administrators, librarians, community partners, colleagues from other universities, etc.
2.0. Supporting Letters: Supporting letters can be included from a wide range of collaborators, including students, staff, faculty, administrators, librarians, community partners, colleagues from other universities, etc. The number of nomination letters is up to the discretion of the Nominator but the total of supporting letters should not exceed 7 pages.
— Please note: Since we believe that teaching and leadership should be student-centred, a wide range of student voices should be included, either as stand alone letters (under 2.0 Supporting Letters) or as testimonials in the nominator letter (1.0). A minimum of three student voices must be included in the dossier.
NB. The Selection Committee will evaluate each dossier on the evidence provided. It is therefore the responsibility of the nominator and/or nominee to provide material they deem appropriate for assessment. The Selection Committee can only evaluate the materials submitted. All sections of the dossier are optional EXCEPT for 2.0 (the nomination letter). A good nomination letter will include evidence of teaching, mentorship, supervision, and/or leadership that is student-centred, and also include a wide range of student voices. We encourage nominators to read sections 3.0., 4.0, 5.0 for ideas about how to frame their letters; specific and concrete examples of engagement – whether this is experiential learning, innovative & effective teaching practices, educational leadership, mentorship, transformative learning – are highly recommended.
3.0 Philosophy of teaching: A 2 page statement should outline the nominee’s philosophy of pedagogy. The Philosophy of Teaching can be taken from the nominee’s promotion/review dossier. Recommended: Nominees are encouraged to identify a challenge(s) in higher education and reflect on how they might participate in solving or tackling this challenge through a future project/initiative.
4.0. Philosophy of educational leadership: A 2 page statement outlining the nominee’s engagement in leadership, which we define loosely as extending learning and teaching beyond the classroom and into the world; these activities may include but are not limited to experiential learning, innovative & effective teaching practices, educational leadership, mentorship, transformative learning, research in scholarly teaching, etc.
5.0. Evidence of teaching excellence & educational leadership: This section should be illustrative of teaching and educational leadership activities. Content will be up to the nominator and nominee to design, and we encourage creativity in this section; you should include a minimum of three of the following types of evidence: course materials, development of new courses, curriculum design, reflections on department design, syllabi, philosophy of assessment, posters of workshops, screen shots of online videos, pictures, an overview of teaching evaluation scores, engagement activities, service related to teaching and educational leadership, initiatives and projects related to student success, etc. This section can be taken from the nominee’s promotion/review dossier. This section should not exceed 15 pages.
Guidelines for submission:
Responsibilities of Nominator: The Nominator will be responsible for indicating their willingness to nominate a full-time faculty member or librarian for this year’s awards through a preliminary email expressing their interest by February 21, 2021. They will then write 1.0 Nominator Letter, solicit letters for 2.0 Supporting Letters, and submit these directly to the TLC/SRC Joint Committee, c/o firstname.lastname@example.org by March 10, 2021.
Responsibilities of Nominee: The Nominee will be informed of their nomination during the week of February 22 and can choose to accept or decline the nomination. If they continue with the nomination process they have the option of developing and submitting 3.0 Philosophy of teaching, 4.0 Philosophy of educational leadership, and 5.0 Evidence of teaching excellence & educational leadership. Please note: these sections are not mandatory but are strongly encouraged since the Selection Committee can only assess evidence submitted.
They will submit these documents directly to the TLC/SRC Joint Committee, email@example.com.
These should be submitted by March 10, 2021. The Committee will meet to review the dossiers in mid-March and winners will be notified shortly afterwards.
Format: All dossiers should be in Times New Roman 12 point font, with 2.5 cm (1 inch) margins, single-spaced. Submissions can be in Word format or PDF. Dossiers may include images, graphs, screen shots, etc.
February 21: Nominators should email firstname.lastname@example.org expressing their interest in nominating a full-time faculty member, contract faculty, sessional faculty, or librarian directly to the TLC/SRC Joint Committee. This is just a preliminary expression of interest so a short email will suffice at this stage. Note: all dossiers will be considered for the William and Nancy Turner Teaching Award and the Divisional Teaching Awards.
February 22-23: Nominees will be informed that their names have been put forward for the Teaching awards. Nominees will have to inform the committee of their acceptance of the nomination no later than February 25, 2021.
February 26: Nominators will be informed whether their nominee accepts the nomination (this will be done via the SRC/TLC committee, guarding anonymity) and they will proceed with a more formal nomination letter.
March 10: Nominators will submit sections 1.0 Nomination Letter and 2.0 Supporting Letters directly to the TLC/SRC Joint Committee, c/o email@example.com.
March 10: Nominees will submit sections 3.0 Philosophy of teaching, 4.0 Philosophy of educational leadership, and 5.0 Evidence of teaching excellence & educational leadership directly to the TLC/SRC Joint Committee, c/o firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners will be announced at the SRC Awards Night in April.
Guidelines & Ethical procedures
In provincial and national teaching awards, dossiers impose limits where only student letters from graduated students are eligible. As a selection committee we weighed the balance between graduated students and a student-focused teaching award for students on campus. In an attempt to strike a balance, we developed the following guidelines:
- Nominators are responsible for soliciting letters on behalf of the nominee.
- The nominee should maintain an arms length distance from the process of letters of reference.
- Letters of reference will be treated with confidentiality by the nominator as well as the selection committee.
- Please note that recipients of the William and Nancy Turner Teaching Award and the divisional awards will not be considered for three years after their award.
Terms of Reference: The TLC/SRC Joint Committee is co-chaired by the SRC VP Academic or their delegate and the Chair of the TLC or their delegate. The TLC/SRC Joint Committee is made up of the SRC VP Academic and two students (usually SRC Senators) and three faculty members (one of whom is the Chair of the TLC), as well as a General Manager of the SRC. This committee is responsible for steering the six awards — the William and Nancy Turner Teaching Award and the five Divisional Awards — including the establishment of criteria for submissions and assessment, community consultations, disseminating the call for submissions and striking the Teaching Awards Selection Committee. The Teaching Awards Selection Committee is comprised of 6 students (the SRC VP Academic and 5 full time SRC senators) and 3 TLC members (chosen by the TLC, one of whom should be the past recipient of the William and Nancy Turner Teaching Award if possible). The TLC is comprised of faculty, staff, librarians, administrators, and community members elected and appointed based on senate procedures).
TLC/SRC Joint Committee
Co-chairs: Georges-Philippe Gadoury-Sansfaçon (SRC Vice-President of Academic Affairs) & Dr. Jessica Riddell
Anne-Frédérique Naud, SRC Academic Affairs Manager
Student position (to be filled)
Erin Mallory, SRC General Manager Administration
Three faculty positions (to be filled)
Congratulations to our 2019 – 2020 recipients!
Divisional Academic Awards
- Williams School of Business: Reena Atanasiadis
- Social Science: Dr. Courtney Plante
- Natural Science and Mathematics: Dr. Lorne Nelson
- Humanities: Dr. Sophie Boyer and Dr. Patrick McBrine
- Education: Michael Fairbrother
- New! Rising Star Award for Pedagogical Innovation: Jasmeen Sidhu
- William and Nancy Turner Teaching Award – Dr. Avril Aitken