Bibliography of Teaching Awards

University Achievement Award – Teaching 

Each year, UNBC recognizes four instructors nominated by students. Four recipients are chosen annually.

A call for nominations is put out annually, typically in February and the deadline for the letter of nomination and the complete nomination package is generally due at the end of March.

Nominations

Nomination forms are available on the website for the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at http://www.unbc.ca/centre-for-teaching-and-learning/excellence-in-teaching-award

Students must compose a detailed letter that should speak to some of the characteristics noted in the definition of teaching excellence that is included in the award terms of reference.

The Teaching Award Committee consists of the following individuals:

  • The Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology who will chair the committee;
  • Two Tenured or Tenure-track Faculty, Continuing or Probationary SLIs, or Regular Term Members, one elected by each College and approved by the Deans of both Colleges;
  • One past award holder appointed by the Provost;
  • One representative appointed by the Association;
  • One student, selected in consultation with the NUGSS; and
  • One student, selected in consultation with the GSS.

Honors

Award recipients receive both a financial award and are recognized at convocation.

For more information, contact Heather Smith, the Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (Heather.Smith@unbc.ca).

CSAM Graduate Teaching Excellence Award

Each year, the College of Science and Management (CSAM) presents one award to a graduate student who has taught courses in the college during the current academic year. The recipient of the award is publicly acknowledged and receives a monetary prize.

Nominations

  • Five students must nominate the candidate, and provide a detailed letter that:
  • Identifies why they believe the teaching assistant is an exceptional teacher
  • Demonstrates the clarity and effectiveness of the nominee’s instructions and assistance
  • Describes how the nominee motivates and inspires students

Nomination forms are available from the Office of the Dean of CSAM, from any CSAM faculty member, or online at http://www.unbc.ca/csam/forms.html.

For additional information contact Teresa Bell, Executive Assistant to the Deans at Teresa.Bell@unbc.ca.

CASHS Graduate Teaching Excellence Award

The CASHS Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award recognizes the achievement of graduate instructors and graduate teaching assistants in CASHS courses. Two awards will be conferred each year, one for those graduate instructors/TAs teaching in the Fall semester and one for those teaching in the Winter Semester.

Nominations

Five students must nominate the candidate, and provide a detailed letter that answers the following questions:

  • Why do the nominating students believe the graduate instructor/teaching assistant to be an exceptional teacher?
  • How has the graduate student instructor/teaching assistant demonstrated clarity and effectiveness in instruction and assistance to students?
  • How has the graduate student teacher/teaching assistant motivated and inspired students to learn?

Nomination forms are available from the Office of the Dean of CASHS, Office of the NBCGSS, Office of the NUGSS, or online at http://www.unbc.ca/cashs/forms.html

For additional information contact Teresa Bell, Executive Assistant to the Deans at Teresa.Bell@unbc.ca.

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE): 3M National Teaching Fellowship

Each year the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) selects up to ten recipients from Canadian universities for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship Awards.

Recipients are recognized at a banquet, at the annual STLHE conference, and invited to attend a three-day retreat, all expenses paid, where they have the opportunity to share experiences and ideas with many other outstanding teachers.

 

Critieria for the 3M can be found on the STLHE website at: http://www.stlhe.ca/awards/3m-national-teaching-fellowships/

 

Beginning in 2003, UNBC has supported the submission of at least one UNBC teacher, each year. UNBC‘s first 3M winner was Dr. Heather  Smith  in 2006.  Dr. Lisa Dickson received a 3M in 2011.

At UNBC we have an internal process that selects university nominees and coaches them in the creation of their dossiers. The call for internal nominees is made on fac-staff typically in the spring of each year.  If you are interested in being nominated for this award, or would like to recommend a candidate, please contact Heather Smith, Director of Teaching, Learning and Technology at Heather.Smith@unbc.ca.