Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

Faculty of Arts

Call for Nominations for 2021

The Faculty of Arts Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award recognizes a strong commitment to pedagogy and excellence in undergraduate teaching. The award takes into account the development of innovative, adaptive and effective teaching methods and approaches to classroom teaching, together with support for and mentoring of students. It may also recognize the development of different teaching and learning environments.

There will be one award, and winners chosen by this Committee can only receive the award once.


The purpose of this award is to publicly recognize teaching excellence, to publicize such excellence to the University and to the wider community, to encourage the pursuit of such excellence, and to promote informed discussion of teaching at the University of Winnipeg.


Faculty may be nominated by students, staff or other faculty members, but may not self-nominate.

Nominators complete the nomination form, write a letter (250-500 words), and send both electronically to the Dean of Arts by April 15.

By April 29, nominees must submit a teaching CV (of no more than five pages) and a one-page statement of their teaching philosophy. Nominees are encouraged to describe the ‘what,’ ‘how,’ and ‘why’ of their teaching in this statement.

Nominees should also provide other supporting information, which may include:

  • Student assessments that provide information about the quality of teaching over the range of undergraduate courses taught.

  • Letters from alumni that provide information on the lasting effect of the nominee’s teaching.

  • Letters from UW or external colleagues regarding teaching, course materials, range of courses and activities related to teaching.

  • Videos and screen shots

Send all nomination material to the Dean of Arts (


Nominations and documents should address criteria such as these:

  • Successfully implements new or innovative techniques and pedagogies
  • Exhibits a consistently superior command of the subject matter
  • Requires students to demonstrate a comprehensive, coherent understanding of the subject matter
  • Presents the subject matter at an appropriate level that is challenging yet accessible
  • Consistently demonstrates a concern for student progress and is available and approachable for out-of-class consultation
  • Exhibits excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrates excellent planning and organization
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching the course content
  • Inspires enthusiasm for the subject in students
  • Strongly encourages students to be critical, to think independently, and to solve problems
  • Acts as a valuable resource on teaching matters for colleagues


  • April 15 - Nomination letter submitted to the Dean

  • April  - Nominee notified by the Dean

  • April 29 - Nominee submits CV, teaching philosophy, and other supporting documents to the Dean

  • April  - Dean's Office submits compiled nomination packages to Faculty of Arts Teaching Award Selection Committee. The Selection Committee meets within two weeks to make award selection.

  • Mid-May - Faculty of Arts announces winners