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About the Teaching Achievement Awards

The purpose of this Teaching Achievement Award is to recognize and enhance excellence in teaching for faculty and instructor employees and to provide financial support for the development of an innovative teaching project at Carleton University.

There are five (5) awards of $15,000 available. The winner may choose to accept this award as a cash bonus, which will be taxed as salary income; a research grant, which operates as a regular research account; or as a combination of the two. Expenditures from a Teaching Achievement Award set up as a research grant may be used for the purposes of enhancing academic activities (teaching) in addition to any research-related activities. If the winner chooses this award as a research grant, it will operate as a regular research account, and has no time limit on its usage.

Application Deadline
Applications must be delivered to the Faculty Dean by October 31.

This award is available to faculty members and instructors. Chairs of Departments and Directors of Institutes and Centres are members of the CUASA Bargaining Unit and, therefore, eligible to apply for a Teaching Achievement Award. Directors of Schools and Colleges are ineligible to apply.

Award recipients are allowed to apply for an award in the fall term of the seventh year following the year that they received the last award. For example, if you received an award on May 1, 2011, you would be eligible to apply for another Teaching Achievement Award in the fall term of 2018.

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.

A joint application may exceed the 15 page limit, within reason, to include the required information from both applicants, i.e.: statement of teaching philosophy; student ratings of teaching; summary of student comments; statement of previous teaching awards obtained; descriptions of past teaching innovations (if applicable); and publications related to teaching (if applicable).

Nominations must be submitted to the appropriate Faculty Dean by September 30. Your Faculty Dean will ascertain whether the nominee wishes to be considered for an award and ask him/her to complete the formal application by the deadline.

Selection Process
The winners are selected by a committee chaired by the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and composed of the previous year’s Teaching Award Winners, as well as an advisor from the Educational Development Centre. All candidates are rated according to their:
• past teaching achievement;
• statement of teaching philosophy;
• student feedback;
• peer feedback;
• evidence of Innovation in teaching and;
• their proposed teaching innovation, in terms of: enhancement of quality of teaching methods; enhancement of the quality of learning experience for students at Carleton; originality/innovation;
• practicality/support from academic unit; and budget.
Recommendations will be made to the President and Vice-Chancellor by December 21. The awards will be conferred on May 1 of the following year.

Additional Information
This award is governed by the Collective Agreement between Carleton University and CUASA, Article 42.3: Teaching Achievement Awards. For additional information, please contact the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

2016 Award Winners

Cynthia Cruickshank

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Design
Project: Interactive Dashboard and Database for Real-time Weather DataAs energy modelling and energy efficient building design become more prevalent, access to reliable and timely weather data for use in building energy simulations becomes imperative. To address this need, Prof. Cruickshank has proposed to create an interactive dashboard and database where current and historical weather data are displayed and available for download. The online dashboard will serve as both a teaching tool and a resource for Carleton students and faculty and outside users worldwide. The interactive feature will allow users to navigate the data in a simple, intuitive manner. This resource will contribute to innovative approaches in teaching and learning in the classroom and the laboratory.

Maria DeRosa

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Faculty of ScienceProject: Can a “flip” of CHEM 2501 improve student outcomes?Studies suggest that student attendance, motivation and overall performance can improve by incorporating more opportunities for active learning into the course design. This proposal seeks to investigate whether a flipped classroom model has the potential to increase student success in a large second year chemistry course. Over the course of four semesters, data will be gathered which will be used to either support or oppose the flipped classroom model. Insights gained from this work could, in future, be applied to other large service courses in chemistry.

Dana Dragunoiu

Associate Professor
Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesProject: May Enrichment Mini-Course “Americans in Paris”Dana Dragunoiu’s five-year pilot project involves the design and delivery of a course that will be offered under the aegis of Carleton University’s May Enrichment Mini-Courses Program. The course will professionalize graduate students in teaching methods, expose high school students to the pleasures of studying literature as a discipline, and help high school students navigate the transition from high school to university. Titled “Americans in Paris,” the course will interpret Gertrude Stein’s celebrated remark that “Paris was where the twentieth century was” by focusing on short works written by Americans who lived an expatriate life in Paris during the early decades of the 20th century and helped shape one of the richest and most exhilarating periods of our literary history: Modernism.

Jeffrey Erochko

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and DesignProject: Use of Augmented Reality to Teach Undergraduate MechanicsProf. Erochko teaches structural engineering and has research specialties in earthquake engineering and the design of wood and steel structures. He will be developing a teaching technology that uses augmented reality to teach mechanics to undergraduates. Using a traditional beam bending laboratory test as a basis, an augmented reality headset will be used to overlay image data in the student’s field of view providing real-time, colour-coded images to show the stresses and strains in the beam.

Kanina Holmes

Associate Professor
School of Journalism and Communication
Faculty of Public AffairsProject:  Stories North: Faces of ReconciliationProf. Holmes will develop an interdisciplinary course that will bring Carleton students to the Yukon for four weeks each summer to experience and learn first-hand about the North and its peoples. The curriculum will be lead by the theme of reconciliation, a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call for action in the form of education and efforts to rebalance the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians. The student-community collaboration will be mounted as a web-based multimedia project.