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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

FAQs

  • What amount of time do the awards cover?
    The 2021 Celebrate Teaching! Awards consider those who have taught or worked with students during the 2021 calendar year, which includes the Winter 2021, Spring-Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 semesters.
  • How do I complete a nomination package?

    For the 2021 Celebrate Teaching! Awards, all nomination packages are available via the Judgify platform. The Nomination Guide contains helpful instructions for completing a nomination package.

  • Can I make my own nomination package?
    No, you must submit your nomination package using the Judgify platform OR Student Choice Award submission form. Other forms will not be accepted.
  • When is the nomination package due?

    All nomination packages must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 15, 2022. 

    The deadline has been extended to this date. 

  • Who is eligible for nomination?

    Eligibility for a 2021 Celebrate Teaching! Award depends on the eligibility criteria for each award. However, all nominees must be current faculty, staff, or students of the university. Details on the eligibility and process for each award is listed below. 

    Award for Excellence in Teaching Any tenured, tenure-track, or teaching faculty member, who has taught in the 2021 calendar year. Deans will accept nominations from any faculty or staff member in their Faculty. The Dean may choose how to organize the call for nominations. Deans will select one (1) top nominee to submit to the Selection Committee.
    Early Career Teaching Award Any tenured, tenure-track, or teaching faculty member, who is in the first five (5) years of their teaching career, as of December 1, 2021. Award nominees must have taught in the 2021 calendar year. Nominations may be submitted by any faculty or staff member at Ontario Tech.
    Learning Reimagined (Formerly Teaching Innovation) Award Any tenured, tenure-track, or teaching faculty member, who has taught in the 2021 calendar year. The award is also open to groups of any number, providing all nominees meet the eligibility requirements listed previously. Nominations may be submitted by any faculty or staff member at Ontario Tech, including self-nominations.
    Teaching Assistant Excellence Award Any teaching assistant at the university, who has taught in the 2021 calendar year. Nominations may be submitted by any faculty or staff member at Ontario Tech including the Teaching Assistant's supervisor.
    Tim McTiernan Student Mentorship Award Any Ontario Tech community member. Award nominees must have worked with students or will work with students in the 2021 calendar year. Nominees being considered for excellence in graduate student supervision are encouraged to be nominated for an award through the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Nominations may be submitted by any student at Ontario Tech.

    Openness in Education Award

    This award is open to any Ontario Tech community member, including faculty, staff, and students. Award nominees must have worked with students in the 2021 calendar year, which includes the Winter 2021, Spring-Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 semesters. The award is also open to groups of any number, providing all nominees meet the eligibility requirements listed previously. Nominations may be submitted by any student, faculty, or staff member at Ontario Tech.
    Student Choice Award Open to any instructor (tenured, tenure-track, teaching faculty, or sessional instructor) at Ontario Tech who has taught in the 2021 calendar year. Nominations may be submitted by any student or alumni from Ontario Tech who had the instructor in the 2021 calendar year. 
  • Who may nominate an individual for an award?
    Nomination for 2021 Celebrate Teaching! Awards depends on the nomination criteria for each award. However, all nominators must be current faculty, staff, or 2021 student graduates of the university.
  • Can previous recipients be nominated?
    Yes, previous recipients may be nominated.
  • Can previous nominees be nominated?
    Yes, previous nominees can be nominated again this year.
  • Can an individual be nominated for multiple awards?
    Yes, an individual may be nominated for multiple awards, or may be nominated multiple times for the same award.
  • Is my nomination package confidential?
    No, your nomination package is not confidential. The contents of a nomination package will be shared with Review Committee to assist them in selecting recipients. Individual comments may be shared as part of a social media campaign, although they will be anonymized (for nominees, nominators, and supporters).
  • How are award recipients selected?
    Award recipients are selected by the Review Committee. Committee members use a comprehensive rubric for each award to discuss each nominee’s suitability for the award.
  • When are recipients announced?

    Award recipients are announced live, at the Celebrate Teaching! Award Ceremony. Recipients are not notified in advance. All nominees receive a notification letter and Certificate of Nomination prior to the ceremony.

    The ceremony will be held Wednesday March 30, 2022 from 2:00 - 4:00PM. Please watch your email for additional communications.

  • Can I know if I won before the Awards Ceremony?
    No. All results will be kept confidential until the award ceremony in March 2022.

Support Letter Templates 

Teaching Assistant Excellence Award 

Early Career Teaching Award

Award for Excellence in Teaching

Tim McTiernan Student Mentorship AWARD

If you did not find the answer to your question above or need this information in an accessible formate please contact the TLC directly at teachingandlearning@ontariotechu.ca