University of Calgary Teaching Scholars

How to apply

Application requirements, eligibility and budget guidelines.

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Adjudication process and committee details.

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Program reports

Projects, publications and progress reports.

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Program description

Funded by the Provost's Office, the University of Calgary Teaching Scholars Program, supported and managed by the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning (TI), is designed support faculty as they develop educational leadership capacity. Fields, Kenny and Mueller (2019) found that there are five pillars that underpin educational leadership capacity and success. Outlined in Figure 1, each of these pillars incorporates key qualities and behaviours associated with educational leadership. The Teaching Scholars Program is designed to support academic staff as they work to strengthen skills in each of these domains, by providing resources, support, and a community in which to develop their own educational leadership identity.

Important dates and deadlines

2022 applications are now closed.

Peer review deadline: October 31, 2021

Application deadline: January 17, 2022

Adjudication process: February 2022 

Notice of Award: Results announced February 14, 2022

For questions about the program, please email

Figure 1. A framework for educational leadership based on the key emergent themes from participants' interviews.

Figure 1. A framework for educational leadership based on the key emergent themes from participants' interviews. Figure reproduced from Jacqueline Fields, Natasha Kenny & Robin Mueller (2019): Conceptualizing educational leadership in an academic development program, International Journal for Academic Development, DOI: 10.1080/1360144X.2019.1570211

Areas of focus

Accessibility, equity, inclusivity and diversity

Creating opportunities, increasing access and removing barriers for equity-deserving groups.

Experiential learning and undergraduate research

Developing and integrating new experiential and research opportunities across campus.

Indigenous Perspectives and Ways of Knowing

Learning on the land, engaging in the community, decolonizing teaching and learning and building parallel pathways.

Mental health and well-being

Supporting wellness and fostering resilience in our teaching and learning community.

Online and blended learning

Engaging technology to elevate teaching and learning, including responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Innovation and entrepreneurial thinking

Fostering the development of new ideas and supporting the growth of entrepreneurs across campus.

Open educational resources

Creating and adapting content, tools and resources intended for sharing with others.


Development of future-focused innovation that is built to last.

Application support

Online drop-in consultation sessions

Applicants are encouraged to book an appointment during an online session to discuss their proposed projects with the Academic Lead for Teaching and Learning Research.

Consultation sessions are available on the following dates:

  • October 15 from 9 - 11 a.m.
  • October 27 from 1 – 3 p.m.

30-minute time slots are available during these sessions. Please sign up for a time slot by clicking the registration link below.

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Internal peer review

Applicants are encouraged to submit their draft applications early in order to be eligible for internal peer review (IPR).

Applications submitted for this process will be delegated to a colleague experienced with Teaching Scholars applications and adjudications to provide suggestions for revisions before the final submission deadline.

Please note that making revisions as suggested does not guarantee success of the application in the adjudication process; rather the IPR process is offered as an opportunity for semi-formal feedback only.

Internal Peer Review Submission Deadline:
October 31, 2021

Internal Peer Review Feedback Returned:
November 30, 2021

Submissions for Internal Peer Review are accepted through the Teaching Scholars program's Open Journal Systems site.

If you do not have an OJS account you will need to register for one.

Submit your draft application here

Other resources and workshops

Please check out the TI Resource Library for more resources, and the TI Course Calendar for more workshop offerings.


Fields, J, Kenny, NA, Mueller RA (2019). Conceptualizing educational leadership in an academic development program. International Journal for Academic Development, 24(3): 218-231.

Hannah, S.T., & Lester, P. B. (2009). A multilevel approach to building and leading learning organizations. The Leadership Quarterly, 20, 34-48.

Mårtensson, K., & Roxå, T. (2016). Leadership at a local level–Enhancing educational development. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 44(2), 247-262.


The Taylor Institute would like to thank Dr. Dawn Johnston, Dr. Jackie Seidel and Dr. Wendy Benoit, Deans Council, the Teaching and Learning Leaders Network, the 2016-2019 University of Calgary Teaching Scholars and the Teaching and Learning Committee of the General Faculties Council, for their valuable contributions and input into the development of this program.