University of Alberta 2015 Awards for Teaching Excellence

The GFC University Teaching Awards Committee (UTAC) invites nominations for the following 2015 Awards for Teaching Excellence.


Provost’s Award for Early Achievement of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Instituted in 2008, this Award recognizes the achievement of teaching excellence by full-time continuing academic staff (Category A1.1 or A1.6) within five years of their first university appointment. Each Faculty may nominate one candidate.



Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

This Award was established in 1982 to recognize teaching excellence by any individual who has completed a minimum of five years of teaching at the University of Alberta as a full-time continuing academic staff member (Category A1.1 or A1.6). Each Faculty is permitted one (1) nomination per 60 full-time continuing teaching staff. Academic Services, Human Resource Services, has confirmed that your Faculty has 630 full-time teaching staff and, therefore, will be permitted 11 nominations.



Teaching Unit Award

This award is to be given to a teaching unit. A teaching unit is defined as two or more academic staff
members who collaborate to provide leadership in the preparation and coordination of instruction at
the undergraduate or graduate level and who are actively involved in the delivery of instruction.
Collaboration may occur within, between or among members of a faculty, school, department or
division and may include additional team members (e.g., teaching assistants, technical staff,
community partners, etc.). Typically collaboration occurs in:

a. coordinated courses (e.g. course comprised of several sections).

b. team teaching (e.g. a course involving collaboration between two or more instructors).

The team must be able to provide evidence of collaboration and how the team effort benefits students.The award will be given alternately to either a coordinated course or ‘team teaching’ course over a two-year period. This year, the award is to be given for a team teaching course.



William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

The William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Sessional Teaching was approved by GFC on November 26, 2001. On November 6, 2006, the award was renamed the William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Temporary academic staff (Categories A2.1 and A2.2) as well as continuing academic staff in
Categories A1.2 (Administrative Professional Officers), A1.3 (Faculty Service Officers), A 1.4
(Librarians), A1.5 (part-time continuing academic staff) and staff in Categories A3.1 and A3.2 (Trust
staff), with at least three years teaching experience (and who have taught at least 18 credits) at the
University of Alberta are eligible for this award. Three years is defined as contracts in three different
academic years. (Note: The University of Alberta Academic Year is counted from July 1 to June 30).

Nominees must have been teaching within the last 24 months of the date of nomination. Full-time graduate students are not eligible for this award. If an eligible individual takes on a full-time position (in Category A1.1 or A1.6), that individual will remain eligible for nomination for 24 months after his/her reclassification. However, individuals may apply for only one of either the William Hardy Alexander or Rutherford Awards in a given year.

Faculties may nominate one (1) candidate per 60 academic staff in the above-noted staff categories, excluding full-time graduate students. Due to the difficulty in determining the number of staff in these categories centrally, each Faculty is asked to determine the number of nominations based on this ratio.



Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

Instituted in 2011, this award was created to recognize graduate-level teaching excellence by full-time continuing academic staff (regardless of seniority), to publicize such excellence to the University and the wider community, to encourage the pursuit of such excellence, and to promote informed discussion of graduate teaching and its improvement at the University of Alberta.

Any individual who teaches graduate students at the University of Alberta as a full-time continuing member of the academic teaching staff (Category A1.1 or A1.6) is eligible. Nominees must have taught graduate students within the last 24 months of the date of nomination. If an eligible individual takes on a new position that places him/her in a different staff category, that individual will remain eligible for nomination for 24 months after his/her reclassification. Staff and students in any department that teaches graduate students are encouraged to submit nominations to their department Chair. Each department is allowed one nomination. The resubmission of nominations in subsequent years is welcomed.



Nominations

Nomination information and eligibility criteria for these awards are available online for review. The complete regulations can be found online at www.uappol.ualberta.ca under the Parent Policy “Awards for Teaching Excellence Policy.” Links to the required checklists and/or nomination forms can be found under the “FORMS” section of the applicable procedure.

If assistance or advice is required while preparing nominations, please contact Mr Curtis Champagne, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Centre for Teaching and Learning, at curtis.champagne@ualberta.ca.The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, February 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm. Completed nomination packages are to be submitted to Curtis Champagne, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Centre for Teaching and Learning, 5-02 Cameron Library.