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Nominate a faculty member or student teacher for a Laurier teaching award

Wilfrid Laurier University honours faculty members, lab instructors and student teachers who make significant contributions to the academic experience of Laurier students through their commitment to teaching innovation and excellence.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Faculty Awards for Teaching Excellence and the Student Awards for Teaching Excellence, sponsored by Teaching and Learning at Laurier.

“Laurier is known for teaching excellence. We have a number of award-winning instructors on our campuses and we hold top-rank in student satisfaction, an important Maclean’s ranking that asks students directly about the quality of interactions with their instructors throughout their academic experience,” says Kathryn Carter, associate vice-president: Teaching and Learning.

“We honour teaching excellence, whether it is exemplified in the actions and impact of faculty members, lab instructors or student teachers. Teaching takes on many forms and exists in a variety of locations within our institution and beyond. I strongly encourage all members of the Laurier community to recognize their best by advancing nominations.”

Award Details

The Faculty Awards for Teaching Excellence include six distinct awards:

  • Early Career Excellence
  • Sustained Excellence
  • Innovation in Teaching
  • Excellence in Internationalization
  • Hoffman-Little Award
  • Faculty Mentoring Award

Awards are conferred each year based on the quality and completeness of available applications. Instructors are recognized for long-standing and early-career excellence, for being classroom innovators and mentors who work to actively engage their students, and for embedding internationalization in to their curriculum and pedagogy.

The Hoffman-Little Award for Faculty and the Faculty Mentoring awards, previously conferred by Alumni Relations, are now included in the suite of Laurier Awards for Teaching Excellence.

The Laurier Student Teaching Award of Excellence has three categories including undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students.

The award is designed to recognize a wide range of students who demonstrate excellence through their teaching practice and positively impact the learning and development of Laurier students.

Teaching activities that demonstrate a nominee’s commitment to supporting student learning at Laurier include, but are not limited to:

  • leading tutorials and seminars
  • lab demonstrations
  • teaching in a one-on-one setting
  • mentoring and/or coaching others
  • providing student feedback

Nomination Details

To nominate a faculty member or lab instructor, please contact teachingawards@wlu.ca. A member of the Teaching and Learning team will provide you with the eligibility criteria and will work with you throughout the application process. Complete nomination packages are due to Teaching and Learning by Feb. 1, 2018.

To nominate a student teacher, please complete the initial nomination form before Jan. 13, 2018, including the nominee’s name, department and a brief description of how the nominee’s teaching contributions have positively impacted student learning at Laurier using concrete examples.

Recipients will be announced in April. Questions can be directed to teachingawards@wlu.ca.