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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
September 22, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Faculty of Science Award for Teaching Excellence


The Faculty of Science Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes Science faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and demonstrated a commitment to student learning at Laurier.  Up to two awards are granted each year: one for early career faculty, and one for established faculty.  Recipients of the award will receive a framed certificate and will be recognized at the annual teaching awards ceremony.


To be eligible for nomination for the annual Faculty of Science Award for Teaching Excellence, nominees must satisfy one of the following sets of criteria:

Early career faculty: A full-time faculty member in Science at the assistant professor level as of the nomination deadline, or a contract academic faculty member who has taught for fewer than five years in the Faculty of Science.  To be eligible, the nominee must have taught a minimum of five half-credit courses at Laurier.

Established faculty: Full-time faculty that is usually at the Associate or full Professor level in Science, or a contract academic faculty member who has taught in the Faculty of Science for at least 5 out of the past 6 years.
A faculty member who has won the award is eligible to be nominated again after a ten year period has elapsed.

Selection Criteria

Nominations should be made on the basis of outstanding teaching.  Criteria for the award include:

• an established reputation among students and colleagues for superior teaching, including the ability to engage and  motivate students to achieve high standards;
• a clear demonstration of efforts to keep abreast of new teaching methods, curriculum development, and course design;
• evidence of teaching quality in one or more of the following settings: large classes, small group teaching, tutorial instruction, laboratory instruction, online or blended learning, and thesis supervision;
• evidence of a commitment to the use of high impact teaching practices to promote student learning.

Nomination Procedures

The nomination package should include the following:

1. A letter of support from the nominator(s) that highlights the accomplishments of the nominee described in more detail in the package (3 pages max.).

2. The nominee’s Teaching Dossier, which should include a teaching philosophy statement, a summary of teaching experience and accomplishments, and a summary of teaching evaluations (15 pages max.).

3. Letters of support from students, colleagues, and others.  A maximum of 2 letters from each of the following groups, and each letter should not exceed 1 page:

i) Current students

ii) Former Students

iii) Faculty

iv) Other constituents as appropriate (e.g. staff, non-faculty colleagues, community partners)

Students who want to nominate a faculty member are encouraged to contact another faculty member or the Chair of the relevant department to help with the nomination process.  The nominee should provide the nominator(s) with an up-to-date Teaching Dossier that fits the criteria above.  Do not include raw teaching evaluation forms; instead, provide a concise summary of teaching evaluations as part of the Teaching Dossier.

The nomination package should be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Science by March 13th, 2017 electronically as a single pdf file to Kenneth Maly, Associate Dean: Priorities & Planning at