By Mike Thorn, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning
“The purpose of teaching awards is to recognize those colleagues who are extraordinary at creating rich learning opportunities for our students,” says Ellen Perrault, associate dean (teaching and learning) in the Faculty of Social Work. “Recognizing those many colleagues who continuously strive for teaching excellence demonstrates that we value quality teaching.”
Perrault is 2018’s University of Calgary Teaching Award’s recipient in the category of Educational Leadership (Individual, Formal Role). She highlights the importance of the University of Calgary Teaching Awards in demonstrating the university’s focus on excellent teaching.
“Academics at the University of Calgary take their teaching very seriously and work very hard to create a meaningful learning experience for students,” she notes.
The University of Calgary Teaching Awards recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions to the student learning experience within diverse contexts across campus. Recipients are required to prepare comprehensive nomination dossiers, which are supported by personal teaching philosophies, evidence from students and colleagues and quantitative data. Once completed and submitted, dossiers are discussed at length by adjudication committees.