Contract Instructor Teaching Awards

2017 Award Winners

Janne Cleveland

Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

While completing her doctoral degree in the Cultural Mediations program at Carleton, Janne Cleveland began teaching as a Contract Instructor with the English department in 2002. She shares with her students a passion for learning by creating opportunities to engage directly and critically with the arts and artists whose works give voice to the struggles humanity faces in the 21st century. Over the course of her teaching she has brought poets, playwrights, and novelists to class. Most recently she brought renowned First Nations playwright Tomson Highway to Carleton for the benefit of first-year Drama Studies students, and the Carleton community. Ms. Cleveland passionately believes that learning goes well beyond the text. She invites her students to experience the joy of learning through exposure to theatre, opera, and the visual arts that enable them to develop their own critical perspectives in order to better understand how to navigate the worlds they inhabit.

James McKay

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Design

Jamie McKay (Peng) is Principal with Morrison Hershfield Limited Consulting Engineers in the Ottawa, Ontario office and has been in the Engineering/Sustainability field for over 15 years. Since 2012, he has taught the course ENVE 1001 – Architecture and the Environment with the Civil Engineering Department, and has been involved with the program since the beginning in 2011. His primary goal with students is to get them excited about sustainable design and helps them identify and strategize on the opportunities all around them (e.g., home, other engineering/non-engineering classes, summer jobs, and their lives). He has done this by teaching the vocabulary of sustainability (terms/concepts) to allow them to have a common voice, and then to open their minds and eyes to what is the true meaning of sustainability and what is “greenwashing.” With a knowledgeable voice, they can communicate clearly with each other and future colleagues/clients.

Erin Oldford

Sprott School of Business

Erin Oldford is a PhD student in the Sprott School of Business and has been a Contract Instructor for the past several years. She teaches introductory and advanced courses in Corporate and Investment Finance. Erin strives to make complex quantitative material easy for her students to understand, and she is known for utilizing a range of tools to engage students: trading simulations, assignments using real-time data, case-study analysis, and video solutions of complex problems.

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).