The Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence for Sessional Instructors (Practicing Professionals)

The Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence for Sessional Instructors (Practicing Professionals) serves to recognize and celebrate a Sessional Instructor’s contributions to teaching at the Faculty of Law.

The Faculty of Law places great value on excellence in teaching. Many students and alumni recall, vividly and fondly, instructors of the past and present. This award is an important opportunity for members of the Faculty’s community to publicly support and recognize our excellent teachers.

Nominations are now closed.

2018 Nomination Form (print)
2018 Nomination Form (online)

Past winners:

2018 – Sessional Instructor Michael Walker
2017 – Sessional Instructor Dan Torbiak
2016 – Sessional Instructor John Neufeld

Terms of Reference (click to expand)

The Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence for Sessional Instructors (Practicing Professionals) will be made in the spring of each year if a suitable candidate is nominated. The recipient will receive a monetary award.

Activities that may be recognized by this award can include (but are not limited to):

  • Professional commitment beyond the call of duty to the student experience (classroom instruction, clarity in instruction, student participation/engagement, responsiveness to students, provision of useful feedback, building of bridges from existing to new knowledge)
  • innovative teaching methods
  • development of instructional materials
  • coaching of students in competitions
  • contributions to student development outside the classroom

Eligibility

Sessional Instructors (Practicing Professionals) in the Faculty of Law are eligible. An individual will not be eligible to receive the award if s/he has received it within the previous four years.

An individual who has previously received The Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence for Sessional Instructors (Practicing Professionals) will be eligible based on teaching since receiving the award previously.

Nominators

Members of the Faculty of Law community (Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni) may make nominations.

Process

  1. Nomination forms are available through the office of the Dean.
  2. Nomination forms should be accompanied by supporting letters from the nominator and two other members of the Faculty of Law community as described above. These letters should outline how the nominee has demonstrated excellence in teaching and must be signed. Nominations are submitted to the Office of the Dean.
  3. The deadline for receipt of complete nominations is March 15 of each year.
  4. Following the nomination deadline, the Dean’s Office will contact nominees for confirmation that they wish their names to stand. Nominees will then be asked to provide a copy of his/her teaching dossier or relevant CV.
    NOTE: All nomination papers, letters of support, and curriculum vitae will remain confidential.
  5. The Selection Committee will be composed of two faculty members (on alphabetical rotation), one student (named by the MLSA), one alumnus/a (selected by the Dean), and the Associate Dean (JD Program).
  6. The Selection Committee will review the nominations and determine which candidate to recommend for the award and prepare the citation for the award recipient. The Dean will communicate with the successful candidate.

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