Academic Innovation Award

Nominations Close January 31, 2018

One award will be presented annually to an individual who has developed an innovative initiative that has resulted in a sustained impact on student learning at Dalhousie.


Both nominators and evaluators should consider the following list of criteria. Nominees should provide evidence on an academic innovation, which can include but is not limited to:

  1. Demonstrated effectiveness of an innovation in course or curriculum design. This could include:
    • the development or application of tools or technologies
    • the development or application of innovative teaching strategies or learning experiences to enhance student learning
    • the development or application of innovative assessment strategies that enhance student learning
  2. Demonstrated effectiveness through a scholarly evaluation of the innovation project. This could include:
    • presentation or publication of the approach  within Dalhousie or to the higher education community.
    • Improved student grades, improved student recruitment/retention, increased program enrollment,
    • positive student feedback, enhanced learning experience evident in student work, or the adoption of the innovation by others.
    • conceptualization and evaluation of the innovation project grounded in the relevant literature.

This award shall normally be awarded once to any single innovation, but may be awarded more than once to a specific individual over the course his/her career at Dalhousie.

Value of Award

$2000 to the individual towards either a future innovation project related to teaching and learning or the ongoing evaluation of their current innovation. Recipients will be expected to submit a follow-up report detailing the project outcomes.

A nomination package must include

  1. Letter of nomination
  2. The nominee's abbreviated CV (max. eight pages)
  3. A description of the applicant’s innovative approaches, contributions, and accomplishments in areas such as pedagogical frameworks, teaching methods, course design, curriculum development, assessment methods, various tools and technologies, along with a rationale as to why these contributions are considered innovative (max. 10 pages)
  4. Two letters of support from current and/or former students
  5. Two letters of support from colleagues
  6. Additional supporting materials (e.g., course descriptions, publications or presentations on the innovation, written comments from student ratings of instructions, additional letters of support, etc.) (max. 10 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:

  1. Upload the nomination online 
  2. Email the nomination to

Nominations close January 31, 2018.

Selection Committee

  • 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) Student Representative – appointed annually in consultation with the DSU