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.
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 14, 2019. 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 email@example.com by March 15, 2019.
These should be submitted by March 15, 2019.
Responsibilities of Nominee: The Nominee will be informed of their nomination by February 15th and can choose whether to proceed. If they continue with the nomination process they will be responsible for developing and submitting 3.0 Philosophy of teaching, 4.0 Philosophy of educational leadership, and 5.0 Evidence of teaching excellence & educational leadership.
They will submit these documents directly to the TLC/SRC Joint Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org.
These should be submitted by March 15, 2019. The Committee will meet to review the dossiers March 29, 2019 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 14: Nominators should email email@example.com 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 15: 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 18, 2019.
February 20, 2019: 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 15: Nominators will submit sections 1.0 Nomination Letter and 2.0 Supporting Letters directly to the TLC/SRC Joint Committee, c/o firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 15: 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 email@example.com.
Winners will be announced at the SRC Awards Night April 12th, 2019.
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 and the Chair of the TLC. 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 Student Affairs Staff member. 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: Jessica Caputo (SRC VP ACAD) & Dr. Jessica Riddell (TLC Chair)
Erin Mallory, SRC General Manager Administration
TBD (member of the TLC)
TBD (member of the TLC)
Congratulations to our 2017 – 2018 recipients!
William and Nancy Turner Teaching Award:
Divisional Teaching Awards:
Dr. Vicki Chartrand, Sociology Department (Social Sciences Divisional Award)
Dr. Nicolas Berryman, Sports Studies (Natural Sciences Divisional Award)
Dr. Steven Woodward, English and Film Studies (Humanities Divisional Award)
Dr. Sunny Lau, School of Education (Education Divisional Award)