36 Teaching Academy and President's Teaching Award

PDAD&C#36, 2005-06



From: Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date: November 8, 2005
Re: Teaching Academy & President's Teaching Award


Further to President Naylor's commitment in his Installation Address to a renewed emphasis on teaching at the University of Toronto and the reaction of a university-wide teaching award, I am pleased to announce the establishment of a Teaching Academy at the University of Toronto. [The Address is available at http://www.president.utoronto.ca/aboutthepresident/speeches/installationaddress.htm.] The Teaching Academy will recognize excellence in teaching, research in teaching, and the integration of teaching and research.  

The Teaching Academy will be composed of faculty whose career commitment to teaching excellence has been recognized by a President's Teaching Award. Recipients of a President's Teaching Award will be designated by the University as a member of the Teaching Academy for a period of five years, at which time they are eligible for re-nomination. President's Teaching Award winners will receive an annual professional development allowance of $10,000 for five years.  

The President's Teaching Award winners will be determined by a process of nomination and selection by a committee chaired by the Vice-President and Provost. Nominations will be solicited through the Deans of Faculties who will request submissions from within their divisions. The office of the Dean will be responsible for the compilation of documentation, which should include strong evidence of excellence in the classroom, innovation in the development and delivery of the curriculum, publication of textbooks or books or articles on pedagogy, participation in major conferences or meetings relating to pedagogy, national or international recognition, and letters of reference attesting to the nominee's outstanding leadership in teaching. For the first appointments, nominations should be received in the Office of the Vice-President and Provost by January 31, 2006.  

The Teaching Academy will be called upon to meet on occasion as a body to discuss matters relevant to teaching in the University, offer advice to the Vice President and Provost and the Director of the Office of Teaching Advancement, assist in the assessment of teaching when required and function as advocates for excellence in teaching within and without the University. Any member of the Teaching Academy may be requested to deliver one public lecture each year on a subject of his or her choice which will be broadly advertised and open to a general audience. On occasion members of the Teaching Academy may be asked to address Convocation.  

Enquiries regarding the President's Teaching Award and nomination procedures should be directed to Pam Gravestock, Associate Director, Office of Teaching Advancement (OTA) at 416-946-8585 (t) or p.gravestock@utoronto.ca. The OTA will maintain a web page devoted to the Teaching Academy, highlighting its members and providing information regarding deadlines and nomination procedures.