Chancellor’s Chair for Teaching Excellence

Through the Chancellor’s Chairs for Teaching Excellence, Brock University recognizes the excellent scholarship of teaching of its faculty members and sustains our institutional commitment to teaching, learning, and educational technology.

The Brock Chancellor’s Chairs for Teaching Excellence provide funding to undertake a specific, 3-year program of research and practice leading to a significant development in the scholarship of teaching and learning. The programs of activity for the Chairs may be integrated within their broader research and scholarly focus. The Brock Chancellor’s Chairs for Teaching Excellence provide recipients an annual support grant of $5,000 in each of three years.  The incorporation of the individual’s work as a Chair into her or his regular teaching, research, and service agenda will be subject to negotiation with her or his Chair and Dean.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the systematic study of teaching and learning to understand how teaching can maximize learning, and/or develop a more accurate understanding of learning. The scholarship of teaching and learning uses established or validated criteria of scholarship and results in products that are publicly shared for critique and use by an appropriate community.


Chancellor’s Chair-holders will be individuals who have demonstrated exceptional promise of outstanding contributions to post-secondary teaching, learning, and/or have established an exemplary record of achievement in this important aspect of university endeavour.

Brock tenure-track or tenured faculty members are eligible for nomination. Teams are welcome to apply.


  • Prior CCTE award holders
  • Retired or Professors Emeriti


Brock is committed to supporting six concurrent Chair-holders. The next competition is 2024.  Applications must be submitted before April 1 to the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation. Adjudication proceedings will begin in early April. All applicants will be contacted following the completion of the adjudication process.


Candidates must submit a digital application package to the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation to be considered for a Chancellor’s Chair. The digital package should not exceed 50 pages. Each page should be clearly numbered. The application package should include the following items:

  • Table of Contents
  • Letter of support from the nominator
  • Letter of support from the candidate’s Dean
  • Description of the proposed program of scholarship (5 pages maximum) including the following details:
    • Title of the research proposal
    • Short abstract of the research proposal
    • Preliminary budget
    • Timelines
    • Description of methodology
    • Plan for ethics approval (if applicable)
    • Plan for disseminating the research findings to the academic community
  • Candidate’s most recent teaching dossier including the following details:
    • Statement of teaching philosophy
    • Evidence of teaching excellence (e.g. curricular design, instructional and assessment strategies, letters of support from students, colleagues, administration, and/or staff; evidence of teaching innovation and effectiveness)
    • Brief curriculum vitae

Related information can also be found through the Office of the Vice President-Academic.


All application packages will be adjudicated by a selection committee consisting of cross-Faculty representation. CPI makes all possible efforts to ensure that the selection committee consists of representation from all Faculties. A nominator of a candidate is not eligible to serve on the selection committee for the award for that year.

The selection committee will make its recommendation to the Vice-President Academic by April 30, with appointments effective July 1. Please note that the selection committee reserves the right not to select an Chair-holder in any given year. At no time will the number of current Chair-holders exceed 6.

Chair-holders agree to report on progress annually.



Brock is committed to supporting a total of 6 concurrent Chairs-holders.


For more information about the Chancellor’s Chair or if you wish to discuss your application package, please contact the Centre by email If you would like to schedule a Teams meeting to discuss the Chancellor’s Chair Awards please indicate this in your email.

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