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University of Calgary Teaching Awards Support


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Nomination package

Check off all the requirements needed for a nomination package.

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Additional supports

Explore additional resources related to dossiers, philosophy statements and more.

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See a list of frequently asked questions related to nomination packages.

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Nomination package checklist

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Digital form

Each submission to the University of Calgary Teaching Awards must be submitted using a digital form with contact information. Form will be released closer to the deadline. 

Nomination letter

A strong nomination letter is a key component of any award application package.

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Nomination dossier

The nomination dossier provides evidence of teaching and learning from multiple sources, including self-reflection, student and colleague feedback. 

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Additional supports

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Dossier and philosophy statements

Dossiers and philosophy statements allow educators, and those who support education, to reflect on and document their practice.

What is a teaching dossier?

Join Dr. Natasha Kenny, PhD, for this 13-minute video on how to successfully prepare a teaching dossier.

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Developing your teaching dossier

Developing a teaching dossier takes significant time to prepare. This module has been designed to guide you through the process.

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Teaching Philosophies and Teaching Dossiers Guide

A robust resource for creating teaching dossiers and philosophy statements.

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Sample dossier and philosophy statements

Explore example dossiers and philosophy statements, intended as helpful guides.

Sample Dossiers and Statements

Inclusive Excellence Award Support

Resources and materials to support the development of a UCalgary Inclusive Excellence Teaching Award.

Video reflection guide

This video prompts participants to develop elements of their teaching philosophy and dossier.

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Diversity statement exemplars

For a full, referenced list of exemplars, please download the PDF at the link below.

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Learning Technology Coaches

Do you need support with recording, editing or submitting a video as part of your nomination package? Book a consultation with the learning technology coaches using the link below.

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Frequently asked questions

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The elements of the nomination package should be presented in the order they appear in the call for nominations:

  • Online form with contact information
  • Nomination letter
  • Nomination Dossier (a maximum of 10 pages excluding letters of support)

Colleagues, department heads, leaders, and former students can nominate someone. Nominators should be able to describe the nominee's strengths and accomplishments in relation to the award criteria. 

Nomination letters can be written or recorded by an individual nominator or co-written/recorded by multiple nominators. A co-written/recorded letter needs to be signed by all nominators. 

Note that only former students (not currently taught or supervised by the nominee) may nominate instructors for a Teaching Award. Current students (even when they are keen to contribute) are in a vulnerable position and so may not provide letters of support for a nomination.

A nomination letter highlighting the nominee’s strengths, contributions, and accomplishments as they relate to one or more of the award criteria is required from an individual nominator or can be co-written by multiple nominators. Nomination letters are not included in the dossier page count; the letter should be a maximum of two pages or 5 minutes for audio or video submissions. 

A philosophy statement is a one-page document where nominees can reflect on and express their teaching and educational leadership beliefs, why they hold these beliefs, and how they put them into practice.

The statement is an important opportunity for the adjudicators to hear the nominee’s own voice. Philosophy statements should be written in first-person and genuinely reflect nominees' beliefs. Claims made in the philosophy statement should be substantiated in other parts of the nomination dossier and aligned with evidence throughout.

The resources section offers a collection of sample teaching philosophy statements which can be accessed below.

Sample teaching philosophy statements