I. General Qualifications
Teaching Fellows will be academic staff members with tenured, tenure-track or continuing appointments who have demonstrated both commitment to excellence in their own teaching and willingness to champion the importance of teaching development in the university community. Previous Teaching Fellow recipients may be considered for another two-year Teaching Fellowship term if it has been at least two years since the completion of their previous term.
II.Roles and Responsibilities of Teaching Fellows
Teaching Fellows will contribute directly to the achievement of the Teaching Centre’s primary objectives to:
- Foster a community of practice in which teaching and learning are enriched and celebrated.
- Extend the University’s commitment to a scholarship of teaching.
- Lead the integration of best teaching practices with new technology.
- Establish a process of generative evaluation that will inform, guide, and justify the continuing activities of the Centre.
In reaching these objectives, Teaching Fellows are encouraged to be involved in some or all of the following Teaching Centre activities:
- Workshop planning and organization of Teaching Centre Talking about Teaching series.
- Provide individual consultation with faculty members.
- Establish the mentorship of small groups of new professors.
- Conduct research into teaching and learning.
- Provide classroom observations.
- Deliver presentations at provincial, national, and international conferences.
- Engagement or contributions towards Teaching Centre initiatives, i.e., SPARK, Light on Teaching, Teaching Centre Newsletter, etc.,
- Other activities, as agreed upon in negotiation with the Academic Director of the Teaching Centre.
III. Term of Appointment
Teaching Fellows will be appointed for a two-year term. The Teaching Centre may appoint up to four (4) Teaching Fellows a year, with staggering start dates. Normally, two Fellows will be appointed to commence their terms on July 1 of each year, and two will be appointed to commence their terms on January 1 of each year. The first year of service will require the Teaching Fellows’ presence at the monthly Advisory Council meetings. The second year of service will be dedicated to performing the initiatives developed by the Teaching Fellow and/or the Advisory Council. An appointment as Teaching Fellow carries a one course teaching relief for the two-year period, normally to be applied during the term of appointment; the timing of the course relief is to be negotiated with the Dean of the Faculty/School.
IV. Application Procedures
In acknowledgment of the fact that academic planning cycles vary among faculties, applications for teaching fellows may be made up to two years in advance of the proposed term of appointment. The call for applications, identifying Teaching Fellow expectations and available terms of appointment, will normally be made in November of each year (example attached). Faculty members may apply for terms to commence on any of the following:
- July 1st – June 30th(i.e., 6 months from application date)
- January 1st – December 31 (i.e., 1 year from application date)
- July 1st – June 30th of the (i.e., 18 months from application date)
- January 1st – December 31st (i.e., 2 years from application date)
Application deadline is the third Friday in January. From this list of nominees, the Advisory Council will select up to four Teaching Fellows for each academic year. Final decisions will be communicated to the Deans and applicants no later than the end of March.
Candidates for a Teaching Fellowship must submit an application package including the following components. As a guideline, please try to limit the content of your entire dossier to no more than the equivalent of 25 pages.
- Letter of support from your Dean or Chair.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Evidence of teaching excellence
- Innovative practices in teaching and/or assessment
- Course evaluations from 5 recent courses
- Other evidence beyond course evaluations (i.e. peer evaluations, letters of support, course outlines)
- Philosophy of teaching/self reflection of teaching practice(maximum of 500 words)
- Participation, contributions, and/or leadership in teaching development(maximum of 500 words)
- Rationale for candidate’s interest in serving as a Teaching Fellow – (rationale should support the strategic priorities of the Teaching Centre ( and contributes to the improvement of teaching and learning) (maximum of 500 words)
- All components of the application should be submitted electronically and be appropriately labeled (ex: 1-Letter-of-Support-Dean.pdf, 2-Curriculum-Vitae.pdf).
- Components can be submitted as PDF, or URL/Links.
- If submitting URL/Links, please provide a short description.
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for access to a OneDrive account
- The Teaching Centre is available to assist you with the application submission process up to 3 working days before the submission deadline.
Upon final review of applications the review committee may recommend an applicant be:
- Approved for the period requested
- Approved with a recommendation for an alternative term
- Asked to resubmit in a subsequent competition; or
- Denied a teaching fellowship position.
The Advisory Council may fill all teaching fellowship positions available within the two-year application period.
NOTE to previous Teaching Fellows: New applicants may be granted first consideration for available positions.