Call for Nominations: 2019 Teaching Awards

Posted on Friday, December 7, 2018

To all members of the Common Law Section community, we need your help in identifying our leaders in teaching and learning.

Two upcoming University-wide award opportunities offer the chance to recognize the teaching strengths of our faculty members, and to celebrate their achievements in undertaking innovative educational activities.

We are asking our community to nominate deserving faculty members for each of the following awards.

Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (APUO) Award for Excellence in Teaching

The APUO Award for Excellence in Teaching was created in 1976 to recognize one professor each year for outstanding contributions to university teaching.

Sponsored by the University and the Association of University of Ottawa Professors (APUO), the Award includes a $5,000 honorarium, contributed by the sponsors of the award and presented at the Reception for Excellence in Teaching.


Regular members of the teaching staff (with tenure or on a tenure-track appointment) as well as limited-term replacement professors may be nominated. The nominator should indicate the candidate’s contributions to teaching, broadly defined, such as instructional ability, curriculum development and course design, interpersonal skills and innovative practices.

Activities for which the individual professor is cited should not be limited to those in the current year, but preferably should relate to ongoing activities spanning a period of time.


University of Ottawa Excellence in Education Prizes

The University of Ottawa established the annual Excellence in Education Prizes to recognize educators of exceptional quality, driven by their passion to advance and share knowledge. These leaders in university education are outstanding in the classroom, in the laboratory and in the field and have been recognized by students and peers alike.


Candidates must distinguish themselves in two specific areas, namely:

Outstanding teaching, as demonstrated through:
  • Excellent course evaluations by students;
  • Endorsement letters from students;
  • Development of innovative content and incentives that engage students in learning processes;
  • Involvement in the development of new courses, labs, or curriculum;
  • Creativity and impact in pedagogy and/or applications in the development of courses (e.g., online courses, blended courses, etc.);
  • Variety in their offering of courses, small and large groups, undergraduate and graduate.

A solid research program, as demonstrated through:

  • Research grants;
  • Awards for research;
  • Publications
  • Significant contribution to a particular field of research;
  • National and international recognition.

This prize is limited to regular professors. Each recipient will receive a $10,000 grant towards research on innovative teaching practices.


Procedures for Nominating a Candidate

Nominations for both awards, from any member of the University community, must be submitted by January 31, 2019 to Andrew Kuntze (

Nominations should be in the form of a letter outlining how the candidate meets the criteria for the award in question.  Additional testimonials or support material may also be included.

The Common Law Section’s Teaching Personnel Committee will select the nominations to be forwarded to the respective awards committees and the Faculty will prepare a brief in support of each selected candidate.

Note:  Nominees should be consulted before their names are submitted for either prize, as each one requires the nominee to be involved in the preparation of the final nomination package.

  1. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  2. Description of New or Innovative Teaching Initiatives and Strategies

These documents do not need to be prepared for the initial nomination.  They will only be necessary if the candidate is chosen by the Common Law Section’s Teaching Personnel Committee.

  • For the uOttawa Excellence in Education Prizes, the nominee will be required to prepare a project proposal outlining how they will make use of the $10,000 grant towards innovative teaching practices (see website for more details)

This proposal does not need to be prepared for the initial nomination.  It will only be necessary if the candidate is chosen by the Common Law Section’s Teaching Personnel Committee.

Don’t hesitate to nominate a colleague, mentor, or someone who has inspired you.  If you have questions, please contact Andrew Kuntze (

We look forward to receiving your submissions by January 31, 2019.


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