Carleton University is committed to creating an institutional culture that values and rewards excellence in teaching and learning, helping to foster student success and positive social change through teaching innovation and scholarly work related to teaching and learning in post-secondary education.

The Carleton University Chair in Teaching Innovation was established to assist in achieving our institutional commitment to teaching, learning and innovation. A Chair will be awarded annually to an educator who demonstrates teaching excellence and innovation across an established academic career. Each award is for a three-year period and is meant to contribute to the development of a scholarly approach to teaching and learning across the university with a particular emphasis on strategies to foster student success.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Carleton University Chair in Teaching Innovation will work collaboratively with colleagues in Teaching and Learning Services and across the institution to advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and student success by:

  • Engaging in high-quality scholarship with a project that exemplifies the transformative potential of teaching on student success;
  • Provide faculty leadership in innovative teaching approaches and promote evidence-based teaching practices;
  • Act as a role model for teaching excellence at Carleton University;
  • Disseminate the results of their scholarly work through seminars, workshops, publications in peer-reviewed spaces and other forms of public engagement.


In addition to undertaking a significant SoTL project that contributes to the knowledge and understanding of good pedagogical practice and student success, chairholders are expected to contribute to a culture of knowledge transmission and mentorship within the university. Ideal chairholders will welcome the opportunity to work closely with colleagues seeking to develop teaching innovations and SoTL projects within their disciplinary contexts but also across the institution. Seminars, workshops and/or colloquia on topics relating to teaching and learning are seen as important in establishing a research-led teaching culture at Carleton. In addition, chairholders will occasionally participate in Teaching and Learning Services events and activities.


Candidates for the Carleton University Chair in Teaching Innovation should be tenured at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, or confirmed at the rank of Instructor II or Instructor III. In addition, they must have:

  • A record of excellence in teaching and fostering student success;
  • A record of educational leadership within a department/institute/school and faculty;
  • Demonstrated interest in teaching innovation;
  • SoTL publications will be considered an asset.


The value of the award is $45,000, which will be allocated in three annual installments of $15,000. Funds can be used to support the implementation of a SoTL project, including travel, conference attendance, research assistance, professional development, workshop/seminar organization or other related activities.


Individuals who wish to be considered for the role of Carleton University Chair in Teaching Innovation should submit an application consisting of:

  • A proposal for a project to be carried out through the duration of the award, and an explanation of expected contributions to the enhancement of teaching and learning at Carleton University through scholarship (2 pages max);
  • Teaching philosophy statement (1 page max)
  • Teaching evaluations for the last three years and/or additional evidence of teaching excellence (3 pages max for any additional material);
  • A letter of support from the Department Chair/Director or Dean*
  • A full Curriculum Vitae.

Applications are due by May 30 at midnight and should be submitted as one PDF file using the application form.

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Successful candidates will begin their appointment on July 1.

See previously named Chairs.

Selection Committee

The selection committee is chaired by the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Academic) and is composed of one dean, and one representative from each faculty recommended by the deans.

*Proposals that are submitted without a letter of support from the Department Chair/Director or Dean will not be considered.