College Teaching & Learning Awards

The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS)' Teaching and Learning Awards recognize outstanding contributions to teaching and learning excellence by instructors and graduate teaching assistants within the College. Four awards are presented annually:


Full-time and part-time tenured faculty are eligible for this award. This award recognizes teaching excellence and innovation by CSAHS instructors.

Criteria

The Advisory Committee is interested in nominees who have made outstanding contributions in the following areas in the past five years:

  • Effective Curriculum Development and Alignment
    • Undergraduate and/or graduate curriculum development
    • Effective methods of assessment based on best pedagogical approaches
    • Demonstrated alignment between course, program, and institutional learning outcomes
  • Innovation in Teaching and Learning
    • Innovative methods of teaching and learning
    • High impact teaching practices
    • Innovative use of educational material
  • Leadership and Mentoring
    • Evidence of teaching and learning leadership
    • Fostering teaching and learning excellence in others
    • Dedicated commitment in undergraduate and/or graduate mentoring
    • Teaching and learning awards
    • Fostering an inclusive classroom environment
  • Scholarly Contributions and Dissemination
    • Scholarship in teaching and learning
    • Teaching and learning dissemination and knowledge mobilization
  • Commitment to Professional Development in Teaching and Learning
    • Presenting and attending teaching and learning conferences
    • Participating in professional development opportunities related to teaching and learning

Contractually limited, and tenure track faculty at the level of Assistant Professor, are eligible for this award. This award recognizes teaching excellence and innovation by early career full-time or part-time instructors in CSAHS. Funded by the CSAHS Alumni Association.

Criteria

The Advisory Committee is interested in nominees who have made outstanding contributions in the following areas in the past two years:

  • Effective Curriculum Development and Alignment
    • Undergraduate and/or graduate curriculum development
    • Effective methods of assessment based on best pedagogical approaches
    • Demonstrated alignment between course, program, and institutional learning outcomes
  • Innovation in Teaching and Learning
    • Innovative methods of teaching and learning
    • High impact teaching practices
    • Innovative use of educational material
  • Leadership and Mentoring
    • Evidence of teaching and learning leadership
    • Fostering teaching and learning excellence in others
    • Dedicated commitment in undergraduate and/or graduate mentoring
    • Teaching and learning awards
    • Fostering an inclusive classroom environment
  • Scholarly Contributions and Dissemination
    • Scholarship in teaching and learning
    • Teaching and learning dissemination and knowledge mobilization
  • Commitment to Professional Development in Teaching and Learning
    • Presenting and attending teaching and learning conferences
    • Participating in professional development opportunities related to teaching and learning

Sessional instructors are eligible for this award. This award recognizes teaching excellence and innovation by sessional instructors in CSAHS.

Criteria

The Advisory Committee is interested in nominees who have made outstanding contributions in any or all of the following areas in the past two years:

  • Effective Course Development, Implementation & Communication
    • Effective Course Development, Implementation & Communication
    • Relevant alignment between course learning outcomes, activities and assessment
    • Effective and relevant teaching and learning activities
    • Effective methods of assessment based on appropriate pedagogical approaches
    • Clear, timely, and effective communication with students
  • Innovation in Teaching and Learning
    • Innovative methods of teaching and learning
    • High impact teaching practices
    • Innovative use of educational material
  • Leadership and Mentoring
    • Teaching and learning leadership, such as delivering teaching workshops
    • Fostering teaching and learning excellence in others
    • Dedicated commitment to undergraduate and/or graduate mentoring
    • Fostering an inclusive classroom environment
    • Teaching and learning awards
  • Other professional activities that enrich the classroom learning environment
    • Scholarship in teaching and learning
    • Scholarly contributions and dissemination
    • Teaching and learning dissemination and knowledge mobilization
    • Employment/ community service that enhances classroom learning/activities
  • Commitment to Professional Development in Teaching and Learning
    • Presenting and attending teaching and learning conferences
    • Participating in professional development opportunities related to teaching and learning

Graduate teaching assistants are eligible for this award. This award recognizes outstanding teaching contributions made by a graduate teaching assistant during their tenure as a graduate student at the University of Guelph.

Criteria

The Advisory Committee is interested in nominees who have made outstanding contributions in any or all of the following areas:

  • Effective Alignment of Course Goals and Outcomes
    • Teaching and learning activities that align with learning outcomes
    • Assessment and feedback that align with rubrics, other course tools & pedagogical best practices
    • Clear, timely and effective oral and/or written communication with students
  • Effective Teaching and Learning
    • Innovative methods of teaching and learning in lab/seminars/classes
    • Teaching and learning activities that align with pedagogical best practices
    • Commitment to student development as teachers/learners
    • Fostering an inclusive classroom environment
  • Leadership and Mentoring
    • Teaching and learning leadership
    • Fostering teaching and learning excellence in others
    • Effective and impactful undergraduate and/or graduate mentoring
  • Effective Preparation and Support of all TA Components
    • Excellent preparation for course requirements
    • Punctuality, time management, problem solving
    • Relevant and appropriate communication with professor for course improvement and/or problem solving
  • Commitment to Professional Development in Teaching and Learning
    • Presenting and attending teaching and learning conferences
    • Participating in professional development opportunities related to teaching and learning
    • Seeking feedback on teaching and learning
    • Scholarly teaching and learning contributions and dissemination
    • Reading the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning literature
    • Demonstrated reflection on one’s own teaching and learning
 

Nominations

All members of the university community are encouraged to submit nominations for the annual College Teaching and Learning Awards. The nomination package must include a completed nomination form and a one-page letter in support of the nomination. The letter of support should emphasize the major contributions to teaching and learning by the nominee.

Submit nomination forms electronically to csahstle@uoguelph.ca.

Nomination Form

Nomination Deadline

The nomination deadline for the 2021/22 Teaching and Learning Awards is Saturday, July 31, 2022 at 4:30 pm.

Terms and Conditions

All teaching award nominees must be members of a department within the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.

Full-time and part-time tenured, contractually limited, and sessional instructors, as well as graduate teaching assistants are eligible and must not have received this award more than once within a three-year period.

Instructor award recipients will receive a commemorative certificate and an award of $1000 to be used for a teaching-related purpose. Graduate teaching assistants will receive a commemorative certificate and an award of $750.

Decisions will be made by the CSAHS Hub for Teaching and Learning Excellence Advisory Committee. Teaching awards will be formally presented at the annual CSAHS Recognition Reception.

Following the nomination deadline, the Associate Dean (Academic) will contact all eligible nominees. Nominees who allow their nomination to go forward will be asked to provide supplementary material. Awards will be announced in late June each year.

A fillable application form will be provided to nominees. The only additional documents to be submitted with the application form are the letters of support of the nominee. The completed package will include:

  • Nomination letter (the ADA Office will add this letter to the nominee's application submitted)
  • A two-page cover letter documenting teaching and learning accomplishments within the past year related to the outstanding areas of contributions detailed above (please attach selective supporting evidence up to a maximum of 5 pages)
  • A teaching and learning statement or philosophy (1 page maximum)
  • Teaching and learning focused curriculum vitae (last 5 years; 5 pages maximum)
  • Letters of support from current or former students, and/or others familiar with contributions of the nominee (maximum of 5 letters, each 1 page maximum)

Members of the CSAHS’ Hub for Teaching and Learning Excellence Advisory Committee will treat the nomination file as confidential except that, at the discretion of the Chair of the committee, selected information in the file may be cited at the awards presentation and in publicity material.

Nomination files will be accessible to the CSAHS’ Hub for Teaching and Learning Excellence Advisory Committee until after the winner has been announced.

The College's Hub for Teaching and Learning Excellence Advisory Committee is responsible for establishing the award guidelines, for reviewing all applications submitted, and for deciding the winners of the four available annual awards. Applications will be reviewed using the rubric included in the nominee’s application form.

 

Past Winners

  • 2019-20: Andrea Breen, FRAN
  • 2018-19: Kim Wilson, FRAN

  • 2019-20: Paulina García-Del Moral, SOAN
  • 2018-19: Steffi Hamann, POLS & GIDS

  • 2020-21: Scott Cassidy, PSYC
  • 2019-20: Samantha Blostein, POLS & GIDS
  • 2018-19: Nanita Mohan (POLS) and Deidre Rose (SOAN)

  • 2020-21: Trisha Einmann, SOAN
  • 2019-20: Tasha Falconer, FRAN
  • 2018-19: Deborah Gores, FRAN

  • 2017-18: Janine Clark, POLS
  • 2016-17: Tricia Van Rhijn, FRAN
  • 2015-16: Andrea Paras, POLS
  • 2014-15: Carla Rice, FRAN
  • 2013-14: Stephen Lewis, PSYC
  • 2012-13: Ian Spears, POLS
  • 2011-12: Andrea Buchholz, FRAN
  • 2010-11: John Lindsay, GEOG
  • 2009-10: Robin Milhausen, FRAN

  • 2017-18: Alexandra Chris, PSYC
  • 2016-17: Scott Cassidy, PSYC
  • 2015-16: Grace Ewles, PSYC
  • 2014-15: Yvonne Su, POLS & GIDS
  • 2013-14: Valerie Quinn, FRAN
  • 2012-13: No recipient
  • 2011-12: Rachel Pellett Gillette, SOAN
  • 2010-11: Melinda Vasily, SOAN
  • 2009-10: Olivia O'Young, FRAN