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Teaching Awards 2014-2015



The Schulich School of Music Teaching Award recognizes excellence, commitment and innovation in teaching, as well as the importance of these qualities in the academic experience of students at McGill. A $1,500 prize will be awarded annually at Spring Convocation.


Full-Time Teachers (Faculty Lecturers, Assistant, Associate and Full Professors); Part-Time Teachers (Class Instructors and Contract Professionals). The Selection Committee may offer one additional award at its discretion.*Candidates must have taught in the full academic year for which the award is given. Award recipients will not be eligible for re-nomination for a period of five (5) years following their award.

Nomination Procedure and Requirements:

Nomination Forms should be submitted to the Office of the Dean by February 6, 2015. One nominator will be delegated to collect and submit 4 letters of support as indicated by guidelines below.

Candidates’ dossiers should be submitted to the Office of the Dean by March 6, 2015 and must include:

1) CV

2) Statement of Teaching Approach (maximum 1 page)
Nominees should provide a description of their teaching approach, with an explanation of why they have chosen this approach. The statement should also include a description of how the nominee's thinking about teaching and learning has changed over time, and how they work to improve their teaching. This statement can facilitate the Committee’s interpretation of the rest of the dossier.

3) Summary of Teaching responsibilities / Evidence of Teaching Excellence / Evidence of Educational Leadership (maximum 1 – 2 pages) Consider addressing some of the following:
• Type of teaching, nature and number of students, other types of teaching responsibilities
• Integration of research / artistic practice and teaching
• Awards, recognition, peer evaluations, success of students, student evaluations
• Involvement with curriculum or program design and development
• Coordination of workshops/conferences or other teaching-related events
• Work with teaching and learning centers/committees, educational associations
• Graduate supervision

4) Four Letters of Reference maximum. Include at least 2 from current students. Letters of support could address:
• Dedication to teaching; ability to engage students in the learning process
• Educational leadership such as involvement with program or curriculum development
• Impact the nominee’s teaching has had on former students’ academic achievements or other successes
• Any other relevant information that could be helpful to the committee

Selection Committee: Schulich School of Music Executive Committee; MUSA President; MGSS President.
The Selection Committee will also select one or more candidates to put forth in eligible categories for the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching: http://www.mcgill.ca/tls/awards/principalprize/

Nomination forms due February 6, 2015. Candidates’ dossiers due March 6, 2015.  Download the form:  2015_schulich_schoolofmusic_teaching_award_nomination_form.pdf
c/o Cat Healy, Administrative Coordinator, Office of the Dean, A 730H, 7th floor, New Music Building, Tel: 514-398-8872, Email: catherine [dot] healy [at] mcgill [dot] ca