Unit 1 Course Instructors and Unit 3 Sessional Lecturers Teaching Awards

Deadline for nominations: Friday, May 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. 

I. Eligibility

This award has been established for CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Course Instructors and Unit 3 Sessional Lecturers with experience at UTSC. To be eligible the nominee must have taught at least two different courses in two consecutive years at UTSC and have taught at least one course in the 2018/2019 academic year (Summer 2018, Fall 2018 or Winter 2019 sessions).  The award is intended to recognize outstanding teaching in courses at UTSC. An individual can only win this award once in their career. The list of past recipients can be found at  Unit 1 Course Instructors and Unit 3 Sessional Lecturers Teaching Awards.


II. Criteria 

The Selection Committee assesses nominees based on evidence of outstanding classroom teaching for his/her primary teaching duties at UTSC. The committee looks for evidence of outstanding student experiences and learning in courses designed with explicit learning outcomes, and evidence of effective learning activities and assessments. 


III. The Nomination Package Components

A complete nomination package consists of a PDF file that contains the following:

  1. Table of Contents 
  2. Nomination Letter
    The letter of nomination written by a member of the University community, detailing the specific contributions of the nominee, should address the selection criteria above. If the nominator is not the Chair or Director of the nominee’s academic unit, then the nomination letter needs to be supported by an accompanying letter from the Chair/Director of the faculty’s academic unit. 
  3. Summary of Nominee’s Teaching Responsibilities. 
    Include a list (or table) of all of the nominee’s teaching responsibilities (courses, supervisory roles) for the past 2 years. Where possible indicate the course code and name, enrollment numbers, and course level (undergraduate/graduate). 
  4. Evidence of Outstanding Classroom Teaching 
    This section includes the nominee’s Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Goals (written by the nominee) and the evidence of teaching excellence.
    1. Nominee’s Statement of Teaching Philosophy & Goals
      The Statement of Teaching Philosophy & Goals, prepared by the nominee, reflects their teaching approach and provides specific examples of the pedagogical techniques he or she employs in his/her teaching. The statement should consider the rationale for adopting these approaches within the nominee’s discipline. The nominee may also wish to reflect on his/her assessment of the effectiveness of his/her strategies. This section is limited to five pages (2500 words).
    2. Course syllabi for all courses taught in the relevant two-year period.
    3. Representative samples, provided by the nominee, of course learning activities and assessments that speak to the ability of these materials to promote and assess learning.
    4. Summary Data of Annual Student Evaluations 
      A Summary table with items 1-6 of course evaluations for all courses taught at UTSC within the relevant two-year period.  The table needs to include the academic unit and campus’ averages for comparison.CTL will provide the table. Contact Janice Patterson at janicecp@utsc.utoronto.ca  to arrange this. The nominator also may wish to include a selection of students comments from one or two of the nominee’s courses. If student comments from the textbox section of the course evaluation are included, these need to be reproduced in full and not be edited. 
    5. Other Evidence Demonstrating the Nominee’s Contributions to Learning at UTSC, as applicable. 
      This section might include 1-4 additional supporting letters, evidence of teaching professional development activities, mentoring of TA/SIAs and participation in co-curricular activities at UTSC. This section should be no more than 20 pages in total.


IV. Nomination Deadline and Information for Nomination Submission

The deadline for nominations is May 3, 2019, 5 pm. The complete nomination package should be sent as one electronic, PDF file to: Judy Brunton (brunton@utsc.utoronto.ca), Centre for Teaching and Learning, IC365. Questions regarding the nomination process should be directed to the Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at adteaching@utsc.utoronto.ca.