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About the Contract Instructor Teaching Awards

The purpose of this award is to recognize teaching excellence by contract instructors at Carleton University.

There are (5) awards of $1,500 available. The winner will receive a cheque for a lump sum payment which will be taxed as salary income

Contract Instructors who hold seniority.

Application Deadline
All applications must be submitted to the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) by November 20.

Application Process
Candidates must submit an application form and a proposal.  Please note that the maximum length for the application is fifteen (15) pages, excluding the application form.

Nominations can be made by completing the relevant sections of the application form found on the Provost’s website, and submitting it to the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) by November 20. A statement of teaching philosophy from the candidate must also be submitted.

Selection Process
The winners are selected by a committee composed of two CUPE 4600 appointees and two University employees. All candidates are rated according to:

  • statement of teaching philosophy;
  • student feedback;
  • peer feedback; and
  • evidence of innovation in teaching.

Additional Information
This award is governed by the Collective Agreement between Carleton University and CUPE 4600, Unit 2. For additional information, please contact the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic).


2016 Award Winners

Kristin Bright

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Kristin Bright is a medical anthropologist committed to student engagement in learning and research. She invites students to draw from critical theory to unsettle assumptions about social inequalities as assumed or natural. She inspires students to dig deep into what they already know and bring those insights to the table. Participatory learning strategies she has used at the undergraduate and graduate level include student curated film and media, auto-ethnography, qualitative quantitative health research, and community action research.

Andrea Charron

Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
Department of Political Science
Faculty of Public Affairs

Andrea Charron has been a contract instructor for NPSIA and Political Science for several years. She specializes in conflict analysis and Canadian foreign and defence policy. She is passionate about teaching and endeavours to make assignments practical. She is known for using multi-media to present material in innovative ways. Dr. Charron posts job and other opportunities long after courses are over which is especially appreciated by students.

Shermeen Nizami

Department of Systems and Computer Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Design

Shermeen Nizami flips the classroom with her innovative pedagogy that combines Collaborative Problem Solving with Design Thinking. Collaborative Problem Solving provides the identifying lens to discover which students are lost at school, what skills they lack, their unsolved problems, and why some students exhibit behavioral challenges and end up falling through the cracks. Design Thinking impacts students’ learning through thoughtful, progressive and reiterative course design. Its five principles include showing empathy towards students, defining the problems in their learning, designing collaborative solutions, creating learning opportunities to test those solutions, and gathering feedback for reiterating the design process.