Social Science Teaching Award  

The Social Science Teaching Award is intended to recognize and encourage teaching excellence within the social sciences at Mount Allison University. Nominations are invited from any member of the University community, especially students.

All non-tenured teachers (including part-time and limited-term appointments) who are members of Mount Allison Social Science departments and programs are eligible for the Award.

The selection criteria include

• Evidence of excellent teaching

• Evidence of participation in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning activities

(Examples of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning may include innovations in teaching; participation in PCTC programmes; academic advising; attendance or presentations at local, regional, or national teaching events.)

Nominees will be asked to provide a Teaching Dossier as evidence of teaching effectiveness to the adjudication committee. See next page for details.*

A three-person adjudication committee of Social Science faculty members, at least one of whom is a teaching award winner, will select the winner and present the award each year.

The award will be advertised to the University Community, especially to students, in January of each year. Nominations will close at the end of February. Teaching dossiers submitted by nominees will be due by the end of March. The adjudication committee will meet and determine the award winner by the end of April. The winner will be presented the award at Convocation or the University assembly depending upon the recipient's availability.

The prize consists of a certificate.


* Teaching Dossier to be prepared by nominees, not to exceed 25 pages:

1. Table of Contents

2. The original letter of nomination (clearly marked as such)

 3. A summary of activities related to teaching: list of all courses taught, teaching innovations, teaching-related committees, academic advising, etc.

4. A one- or two-page teaching philosophy statement, signed and dated, including details of how this philosophy has been implemented and how it is evidenced by the other materials in the dossier.

 5. A summary of recent student surveys and selected student comments and a brief statement of their context (e.g., class sizes and levels, required or elective).

 6. Material evidence to support the case for teaching excellence, such as course syllabi, sample assignments or handouts, descriptions of innovative assignments, participation in academic advising, and so on. Note: You may provide the url for online material.

 7. Any other material you feel would be helpful to make your case. 8. Current letters of support (preferably not more than 18 months old):

• Two (but no more than four) letters from present or former students

• Two (but no more than four) letters from colleagues or peers

Nominees may solicit these letters themselves, or their nominator or Dean may do so on their behalf. The letters should be evidence-based, containing concrete examples of the nominee's noteworthy characteristics, activities, and contributions to teaching and learning.  Though the Committee prefers up-to-date letters of support, they recognize this is not always possible for nominees; therefore, they will accept letters up to 18 months old.