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The Award


UGFA Unit 2 Award for Excellence or Innovation in Teaching




Any Member of UGFA Unit 2 who has teaching responsibilities, including college research professors, college professors, and college lecturers




This award is intended to provide tangible recognition for excellent contributions toward teaching and learning, broadly defined.

Members may be nominated for an UGFA Unit 2 teaching award on the basis of excellent performance in any of the following areas of teaching:

  1. Classroom instruction, including lecturing, small-group teaching, and laboratory instruction;
  2. consultation with students outside of class, including individual tutoring; advising, extra-curricular leadership;
  3. course design;
  4. curriculum development;
  5. production of educational materials, including textbooks, manuals, films, and study guidelines;
  6. development of programs to improve teaching;
  7. development of innovative teaching methods




Closing date for nominations:                                           November 15, 2024
Closing date for submission of supporting material:      November 22, 2024


Presentation: This award is normally presented at the annual reception in the spring. Each recipient will be presented with a plaque and a monetary award of $500.00.


Who May Nominate


Nominations may be made by students or any member of the University of Guelph community.

Nominations must clearly indicate:

  1. The name of the nominee;
  2. The course(s) or recognition area;
  3. Documentation to support the nominations (see below), and;
  4. The name and phone number of the nominator




Any individual who, at the date of nomination, is a member of UGFA Unit 2 is eligible to be nominated and to receive the award.


A Member may only receive this award once.




There are no fixed criteria for the selection of UGFA Unit 2 award winners; members of the selection committee may weigh different categories of teaching and different sources of evidence as they see fit. However, a number of broad guidelines have emerged from discussions of the committee, which nominators should consider in preparing their submissions. Specifically, preference is normally given to nominees who:

  1. have been successful in several areas of teaching;
  2. have the support of more than one constituency;
  3. are judged to be "truly excellent" rather than merely "very good";
  4. appear to have had an effect upon student learning or cognitive development rather than merely being popular with students or colleagues.


Guidelines for nominators


The strongest nomination package includes letters of support from more than one constituency.

To facilitate the deliberations of the awards committee, each nomination package should include the following:

  1. A table of contents;
  2. A signed Nomination Acceptance Form;
  3. Tabs to separate and identify the various sections of the package;
  4. A signed nominator's letter. This letter summarizes the highlights of the nomination package, with special focus on areas of excellence in teaching as described under “Purpose," above. This letter should represent the core of the case and offer a picture of where and with what priority the supporting documents fit into the nomination package. Documents seldom speak for themselves; they are invariably more useful when summarized, and explained by someone familiar with the nominee;
  5. A teaching summary provided by the nominee;
  6. Letters of support from more than one constituency. The strongest letters address specific areas of excellence and the impact of the nominee. Letters must be current and prepared specifically for the UGFA award nomination;


If there are any questions, please contact the Faculty Association Office at ext. 52126 or [email protected]


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