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MSU Teaching Awards

Understanding the MSU Teaching Awards

1) Faculty Awards

- Presented each year to one instructor from each of the following faculties Arts & Science, Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Social Science, Nursing, Kinesiology and Science. 

- Recognizes outstanding all round teaching performance of the instructor. Merits which are considered including ability to communicate, approachability, and enthusiasm of the instructor as recognized by students registered in their classes. The recipients are determined by number of nominations and class evaluations. 

- The instructor must not have been a recipient the previous year, though you can still nominate them. 

Process of Selection:

  1. Professors nominated and top two members in each faculty each semester are chosen.
  2. Evaluation forms that allow students to rank the professors in various categories on a scale of 1-10 are conducted.
  3. The winner is decided on the basis of highest score; in case of a tie three members of the Teaching Award Committee based on blind folded system judge the comments in the evaluation 

2) Merit Awards 

- Awarded to first or second year instructors.

- The award is designed to recognize and encourage new instructors whose teaching abilities and contribution to the McMaster community have been significant, effective and are therefore worthy of distinction.

-Click here for more information on how to nominate an instructor for this award

3) Lifetime Achievement Awards

- Presented to one or more instructors who have shown dedication to teaching at McMaster University for at least ten years

- This award recognizes the significant contribution by an instructor to the McMaster community due to their proven years of outstanding teaching but also considers their contributions to academia.

-Click here for more information on how to nominate an instructor for this award

4) Teaching Assistant Awards

- Presented each year to one Teaching Assistant from each of the following faculties Arts & Science, Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Social Science, Nursing, Kinesiology and Science.

- Recognizes Teaching Assistants who have demonstrated exceptional organizational skills, comprehensive knowledge of the subject, excellent clarity and communication skills, enthusiasm about the subject and teaching, ability to engage students, constructive and timely feedback, and encourages student participation

Process of Selection:

  1. Teaching Assistants are nominated by students during the nomination period.
  2. Evaluation forms that allow students to rank the Teaching Assistants in various categories on a scale of 1-10 are conducted.
  3. The winner is decided on the basis of highest score; in case of a tie three members of the Teaching Award Committee based on blind folded system judge the comments in the evaluation

5) Pedagogical Innovation Award

- Presented each year to one instructor whose nominations and evaluations have demonstrated the following qualities:

  • Have extended learning opportunities for students beyond the classroom
  • Curricular innovation or course design initiatives 
  • Have allowed learners to collaborate with each other, or have demonstrated  collaboration with other groups in order to enhance the learning  environment           
  • Adaptive to new technology including but not limited to social media           
  • Creation of innovative teaching materials        

- The instructor must have been in the top four nominees within their respective faculties.

Process of Selection:

  1. The TAC Coordinator and the MSU Vice President Education will review the Innovative Teaching section of the  Nomination forms as well as any comments submitted with the Evaluation forms. From this a short list of nominees will be created.
  2. The winner will then be selected by the Teaching Awards Committee.
  3. During this entire process reviewers will be blinded to the identities of the Instructors as to eliminate any bias.

6) Community Engagement Teaching Award 

- Up to two Community Engagement Teaching Awards may be presented each year

- The Community Engagement Teaching Award may not be presented to instructors who is/are in his/her first or second year of teaching at McMaster University

- The award is designed to recognize and encourage instructors whose teaching make a positive contribution to community outside of McMaster University

-Click here for more information on how to nominate an instructor for this award

 

 

All inquiries regarding any of the awards can be directed towards the Teaching Awards Committee Coordinator via email at tac@msu.mcmaster.ca 

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