Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching

Selection Criteria
The descriptors for each criterion are examples of the kinds of activities or characteristics deemed appropriate. These are just guidelines, and it is not expected that the nominee will accomplish all of those.

Quality of Curriculum Development

  • Select subject contents that reflect the latest developments and thinking in the discipline
  • Join with colleagues in designing, implementing, reviewing and improving courses and programs

Communication Skills

  • Set clear learning objectives
  • Organize course contents clearly, coherently and at a level appropriate to students
  • Deliver and explain subject contents clearly and well, with effective use of appropriate teaching media
  • Draw on students' life and work experiences in teaching, make the subject relevant to students' career goals, and link theory with professional practice and societal concerns

Promotion of Student Learning

  • Demonstrate a strongly student-centred approach to learning
  • Develop students' enthusiasm for the subject and help students set challenging goals for their own learning
  • Adopt a variety of teaching and learning activities in classes suited to the needs of different students
  • Engage students in active discussion and involvement in teaching and learning
  • Develop students' analytical and critical thinking skills and provide students with tasks appropriate to the development of these skills
  • Provide learning experiences that enable students to develop individual initiative and the skills needed to work cooperatively with peers
  • Provide students with opportunities to be involved in the structuring of their own learning experiences
  • Make arrangements for consultation, counselling and advising of students

Quality of Student Assessment and Assessment of Student Learning

  • Use assessment methods relevant to learning objectives
  • Maintain high but appropriate standards and expectations for academic achievement for students, and communicate these clearly to students and auxiliary teaching staff
  • Use an appropriate variety of assessment methods
  • Give constructive and timely feedback to students, publicly call attention to excellent performance of students and take proactive steps to approach students, particularly those with academic difficulties
  • Encourage and enable students to evaluate their own and each other's work critically

Scholarship of Teaching and Innovation in Teaching Methods

  • Use assessment methods relevant to learning objectives
  • Maintain high but appropriate standards and expectations for academic achievement for students, and communicate these clearly to students and auxiliary teaching staff
  • Use an appropriate variety of assessment methods
  • Give constructive and timely feedback to students, publicly call attention to excellent performance of students and take proactive steps to approach students, particularly those with academic difficulties
  • Encourage and enable students to evaluate their own and each other's work critically

Contribution to the Development of Other Teachers

  • Provide leadership in faculty development activities
  • Provide mentoring to junior faculty members
  • Contribute to preparing/developing graduate students for their teaching role