Candidates are evaluated on the following criteria. These are baseline expectations which the award recipient must meet.
- Teaching Practice
- Curriculum Development
- The nominee provides two student class evaluations, preferably from two different courses, going back no further than four years from the year of nomination, that match the two course outlines and syllabi submitted in the nomination package, as outlined in the Nomination Mechanism (no edits to remove negative comments) Note: Exceptions may have to be made depending on the faculty or program, (i.e., Faculty of Access and Continuing Education).
- Evaluations denote a high level of teaching competence
- Provides a summary that outlines how student suggestions for improvements in course evaluations have been addressed (limit 500 words)
- Comments suggest the professor cares and makes extraordinary efforts to support deep learning and understanding
The syllabi align assessments and learning activities to the learning outcomes, as set out in the UFV official course outline.
- Evidence of student engagement in learning (such as active learning strategies, field experiences, service learning, learning communities, and/or undergraduate research)
- Engages and supports students outside of class; i.e. liaison/advocacy, mentorship, or partnering with clubs or other departments such as Student Services, Academic Success Centre, Career Centre, etc.
- Utilizes innovative pedagogical approaches; i.e., game-based learning
- Incorporates technological resources and supports to enhance the learning experience
- Demonstrates evidence of grounding practice in learning theories, such as active and engaged learning, using a variety of assessments, high impact practices, etc.
The teaching philosophy is clearly supported by the documents provided in the nomination package.
Evidence of three or more of the following:
▪ Demonstrates leadership in the development and revision of programs
▪ Develops new courses and continuously revises courses to improve engagement and learning
▪ Develops opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinary learning
▪ Actively participates on curriculum and program planning committees
▪ Provides evidence of an indigenized curriculum
▪ Provides evidence of an internationalized curriculum
Scholarship as it relates to improved teaching and learning:
▪ Evidence of the nominee’s engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and/or
▪ Evidence of how the nominee’s disciplinary research informs their teaching and learning
Service as it relates to improved teaching and learning at UFV:
▪ Develops and conducts teaching workshops, seminars or other resources
▪ Mentors and collaborates with other faculty members to support the improvement of teaching practice
▪ Participates in educational planning and policy making
▪ Provides opportunities for students and faculty to participate in community-based learning activities
▪ Participates in committees related to teaching and learning