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Applied Health Sciences Teaching Award

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

― William Arthur Ward

Has one of your Applied Health Sciences (AHS) instructors inspired you? Why not nominate them for the Applied Health Sciences Teaching Award?

How can I nominate someone?

Fill out the brief nomination form to tell us why they are such a terrific instructor. Please provide specific examples that illustrate the candidate's exceptional teaching quality.

What should I write?

  • Did/do they inspire you to consider a certain career path, graduate school, community activity?
  • Do students talk about how good they are outside of class, and what do they say?   Do they seem particularly committed to student success, and how do they do that?
  • Do they teach you in ways that make it exciting for you to come to class and easier for you to learn and understand the course material?
  • What do they do that supports students and their learning above and beyond their work in the classroom? (e.g., engaging with AHSUM or department/faculty/university student associations; offering meaningful, innovative, and engaging events/experiences for their students; providing mentorship)
  • Have they transformed the way you think, learn, read, act, or live your life?

If you have any questions before nominating a candidate you can contact an AHS Teaching Fellow.

When is the deadline for nominations?

Nominations are accepted throughout the year, with specific calls for nominations going out via email and social media in November, March and July.

Nominations for the 2018 award will be accepted beginning in July 2017 and ending in June 2018.

What are the criteria?

When evaluating the nomination materials, the selection committee will focus on the following types of evidence:

  • Evidence of consistently high quality teaching and student learning
  • Evidence of relevant and appropriate best practice teaching techniques
  • Course material conveyed with intellectual rigor and integrity
  • Contribution to a climate of teaching excellence within the Department/School, Faculty, and University
  • Evidence of a favourable and lasting influence on students
  • Is sensitive to the needs of students and a sincere concern for their overall learning, and academic and personal growth

​Nominees needn’t demonstrate all, but will show evidence of several of these criteria.

Who can be nominated?

Instructors eligible for nomination will include full-time faculty or instructional staff, lecturers, clinical teachers, and demonstrators in AHS. Typically, eligible instructors must have been employed at University of Waterloo for at least 3 years and teach at least two terms during the regular year at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.

If you would like to recognize an outstanding graduate supervisor, please consider nominating them for the Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision, as the AHS Teaching Award is focused on teaching.

Who selects the winners?

The current AHS Teaching Fellows team shall select the winner. Once nominations close in June, they will submit any nominees with outstanding nominations and/or multiple nominations to the nominees’ respective unit chair/director for consideration. The unit head will be asked to write one letter of support for the nominee of their choice (if more than one is submitted to them).

The AHS Teaching Fellows will consider the nomination(s) along with the unit chair/director letters of support to select the winner. In unusual cases, two winners may be selected, however, the intent is to recognize one teacher per year. See past recipients.

The aim of this award is to honour teaching excellence in AHS, irrespective of department/school. All nominees will be informed of their nomination after a winner is selected, and the chairs/director will be provided with a full list of nominees. We encourage all nominees to list this recognition on their annual/bi-annual performance evaluation.

Past recipients