There are a number of reasons to reward and recognize outstanding teaching at our university. Teaching awards can encourage the further development of expertise, and validate the energy and hard work that goes into teaching. Teaching awards can also foster a sense of community and help to build collegial relationships. The process of preparing an award nomination is itself heavily reliant on the strength of collegial bonds and community. For instance, a nominator must know something about the teaching style of a nominee and must rely on the nominee’s relationships with colleagues and students to procure authentic and quality letters of support.
In the video below, Dr. Beverley Brenna explains her position on the function of teaching awards on campus, and provides advice to future nominators about time-lines, strategies for presenting the material collected, and key considerations when preparing an award dossier.