Nominations open for great post-secondary teacher accolade

National Teaching Fellowship is Canada’s most prestigious recognition for educators

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Whether they buy the class a drink at the end of the semester, never dock marks for late submissions, or understand how to work the classroom computers, we all have our favourite professors from university.

Now you can help that professor be recognized for their teaching excellence by nominating them to become a member of the 2019 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Hosted by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), the Fellowship is a grouping of the greatest post-secondary educators in Canada, and is one of the most prestigious marks of recognition of its kind in the country.

The calls for nomination close on Sept. 30, and winners can expect to learn the results on Feb. 15, 2019. Winners gain life-long entrance into the Fellowship, tickets to the STHLE annual conference, and a teaching and learning retreat in Québec later in 2019.

The nomination process is intense, and requires participation from the nominee, letters of support from students, and examples of course materials, all of which make up a nomination dossier. There is a 50-page maximum for the dossier, though, so there’s no need to go overboard.

The 3M National Fellowship also has a student counterpart, which has been won by several UVic students — most recently, Cara Samuel, Maxwell Nicholson, and Mike Graeme (the latter a Martlet contributor) were recipients of the 2018 student fellowship. No other university has had three winners in a year before.

So if you feel like your psychology prof deserves a national dose of recognition — because they either changed your studies and life in an incredible way or because they let you know that chapter six of the bio textbook wouldn’t be on the exam — head to www.stlhe.ca to read up on the nomination process.

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