Call for Nominations: Killam Faculty Teaching Prize 2016/17

The Faculty of Education has a long history of emphasizing the importance of exceptional teaching. The Faculty recognizes two full-time tenure track faculty members each year with a prize of $5000 and a plaque, awarded at convocation.


All Faculty members who hold a full-time tenured or tenure-track appointment are eligible for a Killam Faculty Teaching Prize. While previous award winners are not eligible, previous nominees are encouraged to reapply.


These prizes are based on teaching broadly defined over time and not solely on current classroom teaching. Evidence should be given for each of the following (using these headings):

  • Teaching performance in formal settings such as courses, lectures, online courses, tutorials, labs, practica and clinical placements (including a record of course evaluations),
  • Teaching performance in informal settings such as but not exclusive to graduate student supervision, advising, consultation, etc.
  • Innovation in curricula and pedagogies, including (re)developing courses/programs, teaching methodologies, materials, delivery formats, etc.
  • Community engagement with educational institutions and other groups, e.g., regionally, nationally, internationally
  • Professional development that enriches one’s own teaching practice.

Nomination Process: Department/School Deadline

The nomination package (PDF) must provide the following in the order outlined:

  • One letter of nomination indicating the case for awarding a teaching prize to the nominee (may be signed by more than one nominator) addressed to the Department Head or Director. The letter should clearly address the five criteria outlined above with specific examples for each. Faculty and students wishing to nominate a faculty member are encouraged to start early and consult their Department Head or Director as the nomination process proceeds.
  • The person nominated should submit a
    • one-page teaching philosophy,
    • two-page description of how the nominee meets the criteria with examples,
    • one-page overview of teaching evaluations,
    • CV that addresses teaching (limited to 15 pages).
  • Up to six support letters (maximum of two pages each) may be attached to the nomination package. Individual letters (may be from more than one person) may focus on some or all of the criteria. Nominators are encouraged to submit a set of letters that represent the diversity of the nominee’s teaching responsibilities. Anything beyond this page limit will not be accepted.
  • The nomination package must be sent electronically to the Department Head or Director by February 10, 2017:

Nomination Deadline: Faculty Deadline

Departments and the School will follow their own internal processes, establish their own internal deadline and choose one nomination to forward to the Faculty level committee.

Departments and the School will refine the nomination package so it adheres to the number and length of letters and other materials. Nomination packages must be limited to what is outlined in Item #3. Additional material will not be considered during the adjudication process.

The Department Head or Director will submit the nomination package from the Department/School to the Chair of the Killam Teaching Prize Committee, Dr. Wendy Carr, Associate Dean, Teacher Education Office, by February 24, 2017.