President's Graduate Student Teaching Award
Graduate student instructors, including in the critical role of teaching assistants, make an indispensable contribution to university education: teaching in the classroom, leading seminars and tutorials, demonstrating in the laboratory, coaching, providing feedback on student work, and supporting students’ success in numerous ways.
The Dalhousie President's Graduate Student Teaching Awards are open to all qualified graduate student instructors (currently registered Master's and Ph.D. candidates), including previous nominees (but not previous recipients). Up to three awards will be presented annually.
Both nominators and evaluators should consider the following list of criteria. Please note that these two areas of criteria are weighted equally. Recognizing that graduate student instructors play different roles and work in disciplines with different demands, nominees should:
- Provide exceptional student learning experiences that are reflected through effective teaching practices, demonstrated in the following ways:
- having a comprehensive knowledge of subject
- being consistently prepared for class/TA duties
- showing enthusiasm for the subject and encourage student interest and participation
- setting high standards and motivate students to attain them
- communicating effectively
- using technology appropriately for online, blended, and face-to-face contexts
- being available to students outside class hours, whether in-person or online
- providing constructive feedback on student work
- working in a collegial and inclusive manner with students, faculty supervisors and other teaching assistants
- fostering safer spaces by implementing innovative and culturally responsive pedagogies that specifically support and enhance diverse student populations’ educational experiences
- Demonstrate a commitment to their own professional development in teaching by:
- participating in, and/or contributing to, workshops, conferences, and seminars on teaching or other concerns of graduate student teachers
- developing solutions to graduate student teaching dilemmas (e.g., time management, classroom interaction, motivating students)
- incorporating new teaching and learning approaches, where appropriate
- developing teaching materials, where possible
This award shall normally be awarded once to any single recipient over the course of their career at Dalhousie.
Value of Award
$500 to each recipient
A nomination package must include
- Letter of nomination
- The nominee's abbreviated CV (max. three pages)
- The nominee's teaching dossier, including a teaching philosophy statement and summary of student ratings of instruction (where possible) (max. 5 pages)
- Two letters of support from current and/or former students
- Two letters of support from colleagues or supervisors
- Current Dalhousie academic transcript
- Additional supporting materials (e.g., course or lab descriptions, descriptions of teaching innovations, publications or presentations on teaching, written comments from student ratings of instructions where possible, additional letters of support, etc.) (max. 5 pages)
Nominators should inform nominees of their nomination, providing nominees with enough time to write and compile the sections of the award file that must be written by the nominee. Nominators should collect and collate all required materials including those written by the nominee and the letters of supports to ensure confidentiality. The nominator is responsible for submitting the award nomination package on or before the deadline. In the case of self-nominations, the self-nominator should seek a colleague to request, collect and submit letters of support on their behalf to ensure confidentiality. This colleague shall submit the letters as a separate electronic file to the Centre for Learning and Teaching.
Submission of Nomination
Full nomination packages must be submitted as one PDF. Nominations may be submitted one of two ways:
Nominations close each year on January 31.
- Faculty Senator (elected by SLTC) – who shall chair the committee
- Executive Director, CLT (or designate)
- (1) Dean or Associate Dean Academic – appointed annually
- (2) Faculty Representatives – appointed annually (from the pool of previous winners, where possible)
- (1) Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students Representative - appointed annually