Laurier Student Teaching Award of Excellence
Teaching opportunities can be found here at Laurier through employment, volunteerism, or professional development. Faculty, students, and staff are invited to nominate a student who has engaged in activities that contribute to teaching and student learning at Laurier for at least two academic terms.
This award honours Laurier students who demonstrate excellence through their teaching responsibilities and positively impact the learning and development of fellow Laurier students. This award has two categories, one for undergraduate students and one for graduate students.
A few examples of teaching activities that demonstrate a student’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
What does teaching excellence look like?
The successful nominee will be a Laurier student and will have contributed to the creation of outstanding learning experiences for students at Laurier by implementing intentional and thoughtful teaching approaches. Possible ways the successful nominee can exemplify teaching excellence at Laurier include:
- Working collaboratively with students, supervisors, and peers to advance the teaching and learning environment at Laurier
- Contributing to the implementation of innovative teaching practice, approaches, and materials
- Demonstrating enthusiasm and a passion for their discipline area as well as comprehensive subject knowledge
- Motivating students and devoting time to providing constructive and meaningful feedback
- Thorough preparation for teaching events and willingness to help students achieve their goals
- Demonstrating commitment to improvement through active involvement in professional development related to teaching and learning
- Innovation in the approach to mentorship and one-on-one teaching activities
How do I nominate myself or another amazing teacher?
There is an open nomination period during which all students, faculty, and staff are invited to nominate a student who exemplifies teaching excellence at Laurier. This nomination period will open on Nov. 1 and close on Jan. 13. During the process, you will be asked to provide the nominee’s name, department, and briefly describe how the nominee’s teaching contributions have positively impacted student learning at Laurier while citing concrete examples.
Nominees who meet the award criteria will be selected from the initial nomination round and contacted by the Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (CTIE) on February 1. If selected, you will be asked to submit a teaching portfolio and you will be supported by CTIE throughout the process of creating and submitting the portfolio.
The deadline for the final teaching portfolio to be submitted will be March 1.
What is Included in the Final Submission?
The selected nominees will be supported by CTIE in creating a brief teaching portfolio that addresses what the nominee is doing in their teaching activities and includes reflective narrative that highlights their contributions to student learning. The portfolio should communicate the intentionality behind the teaching approach they are using and an appreciation of how it enhances student learning. Taken as a whole, the teaching portfolio prepared by the nominee should demonstrate the evolution of the nominee’s teaching practice in response to professional development, experience, and reflection.
Portfolio guidelines and requirements will be sent to those selected after the initial nomination process. Nominees will be supported throughout the process of creating and submitting the teaching portfolio.