Guidelines, Nomination Form and Checklist for Leo Yaffe Award

Nomination Deadline: 29 March 2017

Welcome to the Nomination page for the Leo Yaffe Award.

The nomination form (below) is designed to help you document the candidate’s teaching performance and contributions.  We ask you to list or summarize contributions in the different categories of educational leadership.  A succinct summary of the candidate’s personal teaching philosophy is also required, maximum length ½ page (additional material can be included within the 2-page modified C.V.).

Click here to find some indicators of educational leadership. Note, this list is intended to provide helpful examples, and is not exhaustive.

  • Demonstrates superior command of the subject being taught
  • Ability to teach well at different levels of complexity
  • Excellent planning and organization of course material, with appropriate links between classes, topics, laboratory sessions, and reference materials, textbooks or internet resources
  • Innovative course design
  • Material continually revised to maintain relevance
  • Effective classroom abilities; demonstrates enthusiasm; generates desire to learn
  • Handles a wide range of questions with competence and ease
  • Relates effectively to a diverse student population
  • Encourages original thinking and independent study
  • Presents course material at an appropriate level of insight and depth
  • Uses an appropriate range of technological aids and teaching methods
  • Relates subject matter to everyday life
  • Contributes to student success outside of the classroom - through advising, mentoring, encouraging intellectual growth, tutoring, consulting
  • Demonstrably enhances student learning, indicated by improved performance on exams, higher acceptance in graduate programs, increased numbers of students continuing in the program, greater success of alumni in the workplace
  • Contributes to curriculum design and development with new courses or programs
  • Creates original materials for teaching – course manuals, textbooks, audiovisual recordings, computer programs, lab manuals…
  • Participates in research on university teaching; obtains a grant for research on teaching or educational innovation
  • Participates in workshops or courses designed to promote better teaching and learning
  • Helps colleagues with course design or teaching; mentors new faculty who are starting to teach
  • Receives invitations to speak about teaching and learning from other departments internal or external to the university
  • Is recognized as an educator of the public, through lectures and articles on radio, television, public events, or in the lay press


  • A one-page cover letter from the Chair of the department or of the Nominating committee in the candidate’s department, and Four recommendation forms, completed by 1 colleague and 3 former students.  If possible, one of the student recommendations should be from the relevant undergraduate student society, and the other two from former students.  Please do not submit recommendations from individuals who are currently under the supervision of the candidate as summer students, graduate students or postdoctoral fellows.
  • Modified Curriculum Vitae:  In contrast to the standard C.V. that emphasizes research and scholarly output, this should concisely summarize the candidate’s academic background, area of expertise and major research accomplishments, while providing a more extensive section documenting the candidate’s achievements in teaching and educational leadership. This may also highlight the training of individual students, in addition to classroom teaching.
  • The Teaching Summary, which will give us important information about the candidate's course-load over the past five years.
  • Appendix of complete teaching evaluations for the last 3 years, including all comments.
  • Nomination Form

All submissions should be made to josie.damico [at] (Josie D'Amico), please see checklist