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Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award


Submission Deadline:

  • February 15


  • Nominators: Students, alumni, staff, faculty, departments, or colleges are eligible to nominate a candidate.
  • Nominations and supporting materials: limited to 15 pages. 
    • Normally, a nomination would include a two-page letter of nomination that explicitly addresses how the nominee has demonstrated excellence in graduate teaching, plus a three-page abbreviated curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy (that specifically addresses graduate teaching), three to five letters of support—at least three of which should be from peers (faculty, colleagues, instructors or department heads)—and a summary of student evaluations if possible (commentary or data, such as SEEQ profiles). 
  • Additional materials: may be submitted as an appendix for consultation by interested members of the selection committee.

About the Award

The Provost’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching annually recognizes an outstanding teacher who demonstrates excellence in teaching courses at the graduate level at the University of Saskatchewan. 

  • The recipient will receive an award of $1,000 to be used to support a project or scholarship in teaching and learning. The award will be transferred to a University of Saskatchewan account held in the name of the recipient of the award. Please note that in order to hold the award funding, the recipient must be employed by the University.

  • One award will be made annually and the recipient will be recognized at a Celebration of Teaching hosted by the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness.

Eligibility and Selection

All faculty, sessional lecturers or staff members employed on a full-time or continuing part-time basis by the University teaching at the graduate level are eligible. As a condition of receiving the award, the recipients will be asked to make a public presentation organized by the Gwenna Moss Centre on their work in teaching and learning.

Selection Committee

Nominations, shall be forwarded to the Director of the University Learning Centre. A selection sub-committee appointed by the Director of the University Learning Centre (including both a graduate student and a representative from the College of Graduate Studies and Research) will review nominations and select a recipient.

The award will be presented to an individual who demonstrates:

Evidence of innovative approaches to the teaching and learning of graduate students
  • new or innovative pedagogies in courses, such as active learning, guided-independent study, blended learning, distributed learning, or self-directed learning.
  • sustained commitment to innovation in the classroom.
  • innovative uses of learning technologies at the graduate level.
Evidence of leadership in the teaching and learning of graduate students
  • the production of high quality peer-reviewed scholarly contributions related to innovative approaches to learning.
  • contributions to the promotion, mentorship and/or development of innovative learning strategies and technologies for graduate teaching with peers and junior colleagues.
  • activity related to the design or development of an innovative strategy, course, or program of study at the graduate level.
  • evidence of ongoing professional development in teaching at the graduate level
Past Recipients