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Queen's University

Centre for Teaching and Learning

Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Nature of Award

In recognition of the primary importance of teaching excellence to the task of Queen's University, the Alumni Association and the Senate shall offer the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching in recognition of such excellence demonstrated by teachers at Queen's. The Award may be presented annually to one recipient, normally at a Spring Convocation and will consist of a statuette and a cheque for the sum of $5,000.

Nomination Criteria

The following characteristics shall be considered by nominators and evaluators.

Candidates should:

  • Demonstrate an ability to foster student learning - includes being able to communicate in ways that are meaningful to students, demonstrating passion for the subject, and constructing an inclusive learning environment where students with special needs are automatically integrated into the learning community.
  • Demonstrate depth of knowledge -- include having a comprehensive knowledge of the subject, and being well-prepared for each teaching session.
  • Demonstrate an ability to arouse interest among students -- includes recognizing that teachers and students are partners in the learning enterprise and that students are partially responsible for defining learning outcomes.
  • Set a high standard for excellence of scholarship -- includes successfully motivating students to attain such a standard.
  • Use meaningful methods to assess student performance -- includes using assessment practices that evaluate understanding of the subject rather than the ability to memorize, allow students to track their growth over time, and permit final judgements about achievements that go beyond the accumulation of ideas to requiring students to make connections among the course's main ideas, i.e., extending their learning to new and unique problems.
  • Show concern for students as learners -- includes interacting with students outside the classroom, availability, readiness to answer questions, ability to review student progress, tutoring, academic counselling, advising students, and informal conversations where formal academic inquiry is considered only part of a lifelong learning focus.
  • Be innovative in curriculum development -- includes integrating new themes and topics into existing courses based on students' needs and the instructor's formal or informal research in the field of study, and recognizing a need and filling it with a new course, if and when appropriate. Demonstrate commitment to instructional development -- includes participating in teaching workshops and consulting with individuals, groups or curriculum committees for professional development and in-service to the community of teachers.

Nomination Procedure

Requests for nominations from alumni, students and stuff will be solicited in the fall issues of the Queen's Alumni Review and the Queen's Journal.

Nomination forms must completed and signed by five students, staff or alumni and submitted to the Secretary of the Teaching Award Committee, Department of Alumni, Queen's University, before the last Friday in February, at which time nominations will be closed. Nomination forms, available from the Department of Alumni, may include supporting documentation such as letters of support from students or faculty together with additional documentary evidence that will make it clear that outstanding work deserving of recognition has been done. Section B of the nomination form or other documentation may be sent directly to the Department of Alumni Affairs by others wishing to support a nomination. The Secretary will then consolidate the nominations and refer the list of names, together with supporting documents, to the Teaching Award Committee.

Selection Process

The Teaching Award Committee will consist of two academic staff members, three student members appointed by the Senate, and two alumni members appointed by the Alumni Association. The Committee shall be chaired by the Vice Principal (Advancement) of Queen's University or his/her delegate. The Committee shall review the nominations and compare the qualifications of each nominee to the criteria, and shall identify a list of finalists who deserve further consideration. Each prospective finalist shall be asked 1) to consent to his/her name being placed on the list of finalists; 2) if they wish to submit an academic portfolio or dossier, and 3) if they wish to forward to the committee further information from department or faculty files.

The appropriate dean and department head for each finalist shall be advised of the nomination and asked if they wish to submit information about the candidate for the committee's consideration if they have not already done so.

Questionnaires shall also be sent to a reasonable sample of students who have taken or are taking classes of the finalists in the current school year. The questionnaire shall ask the student to rate the teacher against the criteria. Based on such further information, and any other the Committee considers relevant, the Committee may recommend one recipient of the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Presentation of Award

Normally, the name of the Award Recipient shall be announced in the April issue of the Queen's Alumni Review, the Queen's Journal issue of the third week of March, and the April 1st issue of the Queen's Gazette. The Chancellor of the University shall present the Award at the appropriate Convocation, having regard to the recipient's discipline. The recipient shall be introduced to the Convocation by the President of the Alumni Association or his/her delegate. The recipient shall be expected to be available to speak at a reasonable number of Alumni events throughout the year at the expense of the Alumni Association.

Past Winners

2014 Catherine Donnelly, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
2013 Daniel Lefebvre, Biology
2012 James Fraser, Physics
2011 George Bevan, Classics
2010 David Strong, Engineering and Applied Science
2009 Les MacKenzie, Anatomy and Cell Biology
2008 John Hanes, Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
2007 Pat Oosthuizen, Mechanical Engineering
2006 Richard Jackson, Business
2005 Bruce Tufts, Biology
2004 Donato Santeramo, Spanish and Italian
2003 Bill Newstead, Chemistry
2002 Richard Ascough, Theology/Religious Studies
2001 Jim Whitley, Mathematics and Statistics
2000 Leo Jonker, Mathematics and Statistics
1999 Terry Krupa, Rehabilitation Therapy
1998 Lynda Jessup, Art
1997 Paul Christianson, History
1996 Alan Gorman, Geology
1995 Joan McDuff, Education
1994 Virginia Walker, Biology
1993 Barrie Frost, Psychology
1992 Katherine Wynne-Edwards, Biology
1991 Robert E. Hawkins, Law
1990 Patrick J. O'Neill, German
1989 David H. Turpin, Biology
1988 Alistair W. MacLean, Psychology
1988 Sandra I. McBride, Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
1987 Frank D. Collom, Business
1987 Rita Maloney, Nursing
1986 Caroline M. Miller, Sociology
1986 Stanley Sadinsky, Law
1985 Robert G. Crawford, Computing Science
1985 Frederick W. Gibson, History
1984 Gerald S. Marks, Pharmacology
1984 Josephine M. Reddick, Nursing
1983 D. Catherine Brown, History
1983 Colette Y. Tonge, French
1982 Ronald J. Delisle, Law
1981 Willliam T. Cannon, Business
1980 David J. Mullan, Law
1979 William C. Reeve, German
1978 Catherine R. Harland, English
1977 Alistair R.C. Duncan, Philosophy
1976 H. R. Stuart Ryan, Law
1975 William D. Gilbert, Mechanical Engineering

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