About the Award

Terms of Reference

The Provost’s Outstanding Support of Teaching and Learning Award annually recognizes excellence in the support of course design, delivery, advising and instruction.

Reward and Recognition

Public recognition at the annual Celebration of Teaching and $1000 prize.

Eligibility

All staff members who support course design and delivery, instruction, and student advising who are not faculty, term or sessional instructors. Nominations may come from outside the unit or department in which the nominee is employed.

Criteria

The criteria reflect Our Learning Charter’s educator commitments and should be considered with respect to the professional context of the nominee.

A nomination for the Provost’s Outstanding Support of Teaching and Learning Award should clearly show how the nominee demonstrates outstanding proficiency in each of the following criteria.

Criterion 1: Exemplify learning

“[E]xemplify active learning and curiosity, demonstrate broad thinking, follow ethical principles, and engage with students and peers in a respectful manner”

Educators should “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: Strive for excellence in teaching

Educators 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”

Striving for excellence in the support of teaching may be demonstrated by, for example:

  • developing or supporting the development of opportunities for students to be inspired and engaged with and in the process of authentic inquiry, wherever possible, in their learning
  • include all learners in the process of creating respectful and empowering spaces for learning

Criterion 3: Enhance continuously

Educators 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 practitioner may be demonstrated by, for example:

  • reflecting on and continually enhancing professional practice in response to feedback from peers, students, and others
  • modeling lifelong learning by maintaining currency in professional practice through pursuit of professional development

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 professional practice.



[1] Categories are from the Teaching Quality Framework

Teaching Practice

  • Design
    • Develop exemplary learning environments and student support within the context of instructional support and advising
      • (aligns with Criteria 1 and 2)
    • Design and plan outstanding student experiences within the context of instructional support and advising
      • (aligns with Criteria 1 and 2)
  • Deliver
    • Teach and support student learning in ways that align with good practice in one’s professional practice
      • (aligns with Criteria 1 and 2)
    • Provide feedback to students that enables their development within the context of instructional support and advising
      • (aligns with Criterion 2)

Teaching Development

  • Evaluate and Reflect
    • Evaluate practice regularly
      • (aligns with Criterion 3)
    • Reflect on practice continuously
      • (aligns with Criterion 3)
  • Develop
    • Engage in continuing professional development
      • (aligns with Criterion 1 and 3)
    • Integrate professional development with professional practice
      • (aligns with Criterion 1 and 3)

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 10 pages

  • Letter of nomination (organized by referring to the categories of practice and development, provided above)
  • Statement of philosophy of professional practice (teaching philosophy, advising philosophy, or equivalent evidence of reflective practice)
  • Student, peer, and other evaluations and feedback of professional practice, in which any scores are summarized and contextualized (please do not include raw data)
  • Letters of support (from former students, peers, community partners)
  • Evidence of excellence in professional practice, such as teaching or advising materials, photos of activities, excerpts from syllabi or student resources, etc, can be included as part of the overall narrative, if presented in context (do not include numerous pages of presentation slides, for example)
  • Annotated and abridged CV, linking points in the CV explicitly to award criteria (Not counted toward 15 page limit)

Questions

Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning