Sample Teaching Philosophy Statements

The teaching philosophy or educational leadership statement is where the nominee can reflect on and express what their teaching and educational leadership beliefs are, 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. The philosophy statement should be written in the first-person and genuinely reflect the beliefs of the nominee.

The sample philosophy statements below, from past University of Calgary Teaching Award recipients, show the diverse ways that people have expressed their teaching and educational leadership beliefs.

Heather Addy
2014 Award for Full-Time Academic Staff (Senior Instructor)
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Sarah Anderson
2016 Award for Graduate Assistants (Teaching)
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Soren Boysen and Serge Chalhoub
2015 Award for Team Teaching
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Carmen Braden
2014 Award for Graduate Assistants (Teaching)
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Tracey Clancy and Rita Lisella
2014 Award for Team Teaching
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Susanne Cote
2015 Award for Sessional Instructors
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Kyla Flanagan
2015 Award for Full-Time Academic Staff (Instructor)
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Joe Kadi
2016 Award for Sessional Instructors 
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David Hansen
2016 Award for Full-Time Academic Staff (Associate Professor)
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Ken MacMillan
2014 Award for Full-Time Academic Staff (Professor)
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2015 Award for Educational Leadership (Informal role)
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Adam McCrimmon
2015 Award for Full-Time Academic Staff (Assistant Professor)
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Brian Smith
2016 Award for Full-Time Academic Staff (Professor)
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Lisa Stowe
2016 Award for Experiential Learning Initiatives
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