About the Award

Reward and Recognition

Award recipients will be publicly recognized at the annual Celebration of Teaching and receive a $1000 prize.


Nominees must be tenure-track or continuing status faculty members whose first faculty appointment is at the University of Saskatchewan and who are within the first five years of their appointment. The recipients will still be eligible if they have taught (as a graduate student or sessional lecturer) at the U of S or elsewhere prior to their initial appointment as a faculty member, so long as their first continuing faculty appointment is at the U of S.

Strategic Themes

Nominations should clearly demonstrate how the evidence presented for each of the criteria drawn from the Learning Charter align with one or more of the following strategic themes, which reflect the U of S mission, vision, and values statement.

  • Indigenization – Evidence in support of this theme can include, for example, instructional activities that address one or more of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action
  • Sustainability – Evidence in support of this theme can include, for example, instructional activities that contribute to a sustainable future
  • Inclusivity – Evidence in support of this theme can include, for example, instructional activities that contribute to building a learning environment that is inclusive of diverse backgrounds and perspectives
  • Internationalization – Evidence in support of this theme can include, for example, instructional activities that support international initiatives or include international perspectives
  • Interdisciplinary teaching – Evidence in support of this theme can include, for example, instructional activities that build connections between different fields of study
  • Innovation – Evidence in support of this theme can include, for example, instructional activities that are novel and effectively support student learning within the nominee’s teaching context
  • Collaboration– Evidence in support of this theme can include, for example, instructional activities that include students, faculty from other fields of study, and/or community members


The criteria reflect the Learning Charter’s instructor commitments. A nomination for the Provost’s Outstanding New Teacher Teacher Award should clearly show how the nominee demonstrates outstanding proficiency in each of the following criteria.

Criterion 1: Exemplify learning

“[I]nstructors should themselves exemplify active learning and curiosity, demonstrate broad thinking, follow ethical principles, and engage with students and peers in a respectful manner”

A strong personal commitment to the ideal of learning may be demonstrated by, for example, maintaining:

  • a passion for discovery that contributes to proficiency in one’s field
  • a positive attitude toward, respect for, and trust in students and peers
  • consideration of broad perspectives and worldviews

Criterion 2: Plan and teach effectively

Instructors commit to “Integrate research, scholarship, artistic work and /or professional activities with teaching; Align learning outcomes, teaching activities and assessment; and Develop respectful and inclusive learning environments that support student learning”

The creation of learning environments that are inclusive of diverse learners and perspectives, designed with good teaching practice in one’s discipline in mind, and that stimulate and inspire students in their learning endeavours may be demonstrated by, for example:

  • designing learning opportunities that are accessible and experiential
  • innovations in course design and teaching strategies
  • communicate and uphold clear and accessible learning goals and course objectives

Criterion 3: Assess fairly

Instructors commit to “Communicate and uphold clear academic expectations and standards; and Perform fair and relevant assessment for and of student learning”

Providing students with assessment as, for, and of learning, with timely and constructive feedback to fuel ongoing learning may be demonstrated by, for example:

  • designing assessments as learning, which allow students to regularly self-assess their learning
  • designing assessments for learning, which accompany regular, objective, constructive opportunities for feedback that engenders improvement
  • designing assessments of learning that align with course objectives and provide student the opportunity to fairly demonstrate what they have learned

Criterion 4: Enhance continuously

Instructors commit to “Solicit and reflect on feedback from students, peers and others; and Engage in lifelong learning and continuous enhancement of teaching practice”

Engagement in ongoing evaluation of practice paired with reflection and continuous development as a teacher-scholar may be demonstrated by, for example:

  • reflecting on and continually enhancing teaching practice in response to feedback and student learning outcomes
  • modeling lifelong learning by maintaining currency in scholarship and teaching

Organization and Evidence

The evidence presented in a nomination should be organized according to the structure below[1]. Evidence should demonstrate the ways in which the nominee effectively designs and delivers courses, and evaluates, reflects on and develops their teaching practice.

[1] Categories are from the Teaching Quality Framework

Teaching Practice

  • Design
    • Develop exemplary learning environments and student support
      • (aligns with Criteria 1, 2, and 3)
    • Design and plan outstanding learning experiences
      • (aligns with Criteria 1, 2, and 3)
  • Deliver
    • Teach and support student learning in ways that align with good practice in one’s discipline(s)
      • (aligns with Criteria 1, 2, and 3)
    • Assess and provide feedback to students that enables their learning
      • (aligns with Criterion 3)

Teaching Development

  • Evaluate and Reflect
    • Evaluate practice regularly
      • (aligns with Criterion 4)
    • Reflect on practice continuously
      • (aligns with Criterion 4)
  • Develop
    • Engage in continuing professional development
      • (aligns with Criterion 4)
    • Integrate research, scholarship and/or professional activities with teaching
      • (aligns with Criterion 1)

Submit a Nomination

Nomination Process

­­­Nominations should be submitted to the Gwenna Moss Centre at awards_gmctl@usask.ca as a single PDF document by February 15.

Nomination checklist – Limited to 15 pages

  • Letter of nomination (state the strategic theme(s) and organize by referring to the categories of practice and development, provided above)
  • Teaching philosophy statement
  • Student, peer, and other teaching evaluations and feedback, in which scores across several courses are summarized and contextualized (please do not include raw data)
  • Letters of support (from former students, peers, community partners)
  • Annotated and abridged CV (linking points in the CV explicitly to award criteria)
  • Evidence such as teaching materials, photos of activities, excerpts from syllabi, etc, can be included as part of the overall narrative, if presented in context (do not include numerous pages of presentation slides, for example)


Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning