Schulich School of Music Teaching Awards

Each year the Schulich School of Music recognizes faculty members and student instructors for their outstanding contributions. The Schulich School of Music Teaching Awards recognize excellence, commitment and innovation in teaching, and the importance of these qualities in the academic experience of students at McGill. Prizes are awarded annually to each winner at Spring Convocation. 

We are very proud of the dedication shown by our awardees and celebrate their success!

Teaching Award Criteria and Online Forms

Description:

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 to each winner at Spring Convocation.​

Eligibility:

Candidates must have taught in the academic year 2016-17. There are two categories:

  • Full-Time Teachers (Faculty Lecturers, Assistant, Associate and Full Professors); 
  • Part-Time Teachers (Instructors and Contract Academic Staff).

The Selection Committee may offer one additional award at its discretion. 

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 online by February 27, 2017. 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 before 5 pm on March 13, 2017, 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.

Teaching Assistant/Graduate Instructor Award Criteria and Online Forms

Description:

The Schulich School of Music recognises excellence, commitment and innovation on the part of Teaching Assistants and Graduate Instructors, and the important role that they play in the academic experience of undergraduate students in the School.

One prize of $500 will be awarded annually at Spring convocation.

Eligibility:

Nominated candidates must be Teaching Assistants or Graduate Instructors hired by the Schulich School of Music to teach courses in the Schulich School of Music. Candidates must have taught in the 2016-17 academic year. Graduate students can receive only one teaching award per year, and only two (one of each of the two Graduate Student teaching awards) per degree (master’s and doctorate).

Criteria:

A nominee must have demonstrated superior teaching skills and provided superior service to students, beyond his/her duties. Such activities can include: 

  • Classroom approaches, assignments, or handouts that greatly enhance the students’ understanding and appreciation of the subject matter
  • Providing extra help to students outside of class beyond what is required
  • Inspiring students to further continue their studies in the subject at hand
  • Showing great enthusiasm for the subject matter

Nomination Procedure:

Undergraduate, Artist Diploma or Licentiate students of the Schulich School of Music must submit an online nomination form by February 27, 2017.

If multiple students wish to nominate their Teaching Assistant/Graduate Instructor together, they may indicate this on the form.

After receiving all of the nominations, nominees are notified and asked to submit a Statement of Teaching Approach online and a letter of reference from their supervising professor (normally the primary teacher or course coordinator, but it could also be the students' thesis supervisor) online by March 13, 2017.

Selection Committee:

Schulich School of Music Executive Committee, M.U.S.A. President, Vice President Internal, and Academic Representative.  

MUAR Teaching Assistant/Graduate Instructor Award Criteria and Online Forms

Description:

The Schulich School of Music recognises excellence, commitment and innovation on the part of Teaching Assistants and Graduate Instructors, and the important role that they play in teaching at McGill University.

Eligibility:

Nominated candidates must be Teaching Assistants or Graduate Instructors hired by the Schulich School of Music to teach in the Faculty of Arts (MUAR courses). Candidates must have taught in the 2016-2017 academic year. Graduate students can receive only one teaching award per year, and only two (one each of the two Graduate Student teaching awards) per degree (master’s and doctorate).  

Criteria:

A nominee must have demonstrated superior teaching skills and provided superior service to students, beyond his/her duties. Such activities can include: 

  • Classroom approaches, assignments, or handouts that greatly enhanced the students’ understanding and appreciation of the subject matter
  • Providing extra help to students outside of class beyond what is required
  • Inspiring students to further continue their studies in the subject at hand
  • Showing great enthusiasm for the subject matter

Nomination Procedure:

One or more full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a Fall 2016 or Winter 2017 MUAR course can nominate their teacher or TA for this award. To do so, submit an online nomination form to the Dean's Office by February 27, 2017. 

After receiving the nominations, the Dean's Office will notify all nominees, who will then submit an online statement of teaching approach and an online letter of reference from the supervising professor (either the overall supervisor for the course, or the student's thesis supervisor; the referee should have some knowledge of the student's teaching) by March 13, 2017.

Selection Committee:

Schulich School of Music Executive Committee, plus the MGSS President and Vice-President (or delegate/s).


Teaching award recipients