1. Purpose of the Award
  2. Criteria for the Award
  3. Eligibility
  4. Timing
  5. Nomination Process
  6. Award
  7. Selection Committee
  8. Evidence to Include in a Submission Package

New faculty bring an energy and excitement to their teaching, often motivating those around them to challenge themselves and their practices. Although these elements of energy and excitement are not exclusive to new faculty, they are characteristics that should be nurtured and recognized. To that end, Teaching and Learning Services, as hosts and organizers of the annual New Faculty Orientation, are thrilled to present the New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, recognizing those new faculty members who underscore Carleton’s commitment to teaching excellence and innovation.

Purpose of the Award

  • To encourage and celebrate excellent teaching at Carleton University, especially in new faculty.
  • To encourage the improvement of university teaching.

Criteria for the Award

  • Excellence in teaching in the first five years at Carleton (candidates must be in their probationary period, or pre-tenure/pre-confirmation, to be considered for this award)
  • Active in using innovative, unique or engaging teaching techniques


This award is open to all new faculty members within the first five years of their appointment at Carleton. Only those activities exclusive to Carleton will be considered in the adjudication of this award. Recipients may only receive this award once.


Applications, including the application form, are due April 30 at midnight, with decisions to be made by June 30.

Nomination Process

The Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Academic) will encourage nominations from the Academic Deans, Chairs and Directors and faculty members. Candidates may be nominated by a colleague or make a self-nomination for this award. Nomination packages are to be submitted in electronic form to Teaching and Learning Services at teachingawards@carleton.ca If you don’t receive a confirmation email from us within 48 business hours, please contact us at draganapolovinavukovic@cunet.carleton.ca


There will be three (3) awards presented annually in the amount of $500 each.

Selection Committee

A selection committee of between three and five faculty members and the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Academic) or their designate will review the applications and select recipients.

Evidence to Include in a Submission Package

Whether by peer or self-nomination, the submission should contain the following:

  • The candidate’s teaching philosophy.
  • The nominee’s teaching approaches and special strengths. Please provide relevant examples of these, where possible.
  • A listing of the courses taught by the candidate at Carleton, including their respective teaching scores and SEQ.
  • Other material collected, both formally and informally, may be included if the candidate wishes.
  • Samples of excellent or innovative teaching materials, such as course handouts, exams, project descriptions, assignments, coursepacks or websites.
  • Letter of support from the chair/director or designate of the department/academic unit.
  • Letters from colleagues or alumni referring to specific examples of the candidate’s teaching abilities and innovations. Unsolicited letters from students will also be accepted.
  • Descriptions of teaching innovations, with evidence of their success in promoting better student learning.

A short CV may be included as an addendum.

Please note: Applications must not exceed 10 pages (excluding CV and the online application form). Applications that exceed this limit will not be considered by the adjudication committee.