University of Toronto Teaching Fellowships


2016-17 Fellowship Recipient

Teresa Kramarz, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream 
Munk School of Global Affairs, Faculty of Arts & Science

Click here for the list of previous University of Toronto Teaching Fellowship recipients.


Nomination Deadline: January 19, 2018

Fellowship Description

The University of Toronto Teaching Fellowships provide funds for up to five recipients in the Teaching Stream which will allow them to engage in a pedagogical project of direct benefit to students in a defined area of institutional priority. Through its focus on supporting pedagogical innovation and research, the program is intended to promote the emergence of leaders within the Teaching Stream. The Fellowships will provide the opportunity for Teaching Stream faculty members to undertake a two-year teaching and learning project, working closely with the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education and the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI). All Teaching Stream faculty members are eligible to apply for Teaching Fellowships.


Fellowship Projects

The University of Toronto Teaching Fellowship is centered on two complementary Areas of Focus:

  1. Program (Curriculum-Level) Review or Renewal
  2. Course Renewal or Development

1) Program (Curriculum-Level) Review or Renewal is intended for Teaching Stream faculty members who are interested in leading or implementing change focused on curriculum and/or enhancing their academic programs with a lens towards improving student learning experiences. Applicants are asked to identify the areas of review or renewal they intend to focus on, and may align these priorities with outcomes from Quality Assurance Processes.

2) Course Renewal or Development is intended for Teaching Stream faculty members who are interested in renewing or developing a course with a lens towards improving student learning experiences. This area targets faculty members teaching in a wide variety of contexts, including lab and classroom settings.

In addition to these Areas of Focus, prospective Teaching Stream applicants are asked to align their projects with one of four Themes:

  • Student Support
    This includes, but is not limited to:
    i. Building on areas identified in the University of Toronto Mental Health Report.
    ii. Focusing on building student resilience.
    iii. Focusing on building specific skills.
  • Experiential and Work-Integrated Learning
    This includes the incorporation of experiential and work-integrated learning into curricula and the development of courses or programs focused on these themes, including but not limited to:
    i. Designing experiential learning experiences for students.
    ii. Designing integrative or capstone experiences for students.
  • Instructional Innovation
    This includes the incorporation of high impact teaching practices that promote student learning. This could include but are not limited to:
    i. Creating new, innovative, or exemplary teaching processes/practices.
    ii. Applying evidence-informed approaches to and/or integrating research into the design of learning activities, assignments, programs, etc.
    iii. Identifying and designing instructional approaches, aids, and tools to support large-class teaching.
    iv. Supporting active learning in an online instructional environment.
  • Assessment
    This includes the development of assessment approaches that align with relevant and desirable program and course level learning outcomes, and that are connected to innovative learning methods and resources. Examples include but are not limited to:
    i. Providing a mechanism for integrating formative feedback into courses/curricula.
    ii. Exploring assignment scaffolding within or across courses/programs.
    iii. Developing differentiated and/or authentic assessments for learners.

Fellowship Structure

Year 1: Plan and Design

In this phase of the program, Fellows will work with their cohort, staff from the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education, CTSI staff, and a graduate student Research Assistant provided through funding by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education to prepare their project for implementation. This phase could include an environmental scan and literature review, development of a project research plan, and development of assessment mechanisms to measure the success of the project.

Year 2: Implement and Assess

In this phase of the program, Fellows will implement their project either in the classroom or through a curriculum review process. Using the assessment mechanisms developed in the first phase of the project, Fellows will, with the assistance of a graduate student Research Assistant, collect and analyze data. Fellows will also be provided with professional development funding to apply to teaching and learning conferences, or to otherwise disseminate the findings from their work.


Fellowship Terms

The University of Toronto Teaching Fellowship is open to all faculty members in the Teaching Stream, and provides Fellows with access to a cohort and network aimed at supporting and enhancing the work being undertaken, fostering the culture of teaching at the University of Toronto, and promoting effective teaching practices. Each Fellow will have access to a graduate student Research Assistant, who will provide 280 hours of support over the course of the two-year fellowship. Fellows will also receive up to two course releases over the period of their Fellowship, and an additional $5,000 for professional development and further project support. A maximum of 5 Fellowships will be awarded every two years.

All applications will need approval and signature of support from the head of the academic unit. Proposals to the “Program (Curriculum-Level) Review or Renewal” stream will also require approval and signature from the Dean (or designate) of the sponsoring division.

Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with the chosen area of focus and theme;
  • Prospects for integration into a unit/program’s overall curriculum plan and programmatic priorities;
  • The level of graduate student Research Assistant involvement in the project;
  • The assessment/evaluation component of the project (with credit for having a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning focus);
  • The transferability of the project’s idea or concept to other contexts;
  • The degree to which the Fellow plans to participate in the intellectual life of CTSI and the culture of teaching at U of T;
  • The specificity of a plan for the long-term sustainability of the initiative.

Nomination and Selection Process

University of Toronto Teaching Fellowships are determined by a process of nomination and selection by a Committee. The Selection Committee includes the Vice-President & Provost (or designate) serving as Chair; one representative from the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, and four faculty members from both the tenure and teaching stream of a variety of ranks, two of which shall be members of the Teaching Academy.

The nomination package includes:

  1. Nomination letter prepared by the head of the academic unit* for course-level projects or by the Dean (or designate) for program-level projects (2 to 3 pages);
  2. Completed application form (maximum 10 pages);
  3. Nominee’s teaching philosophy statement (2 to 3 pages);
  4. Brief biography (500 to 700 words);
  5. Current curriculum vitae.

*Head of the academic unit includes a Principal, Dean, Chair, or Academic Director as appropriate.

Nomination Deadline: January 19, 2018