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 are meant to provide successful nominees with the opportunity to undertake a specific, 3-year program of research and practice leading to a significant development in teaching, learning, and/or educational technology. 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.

Current and Past Chancellor’s Chairs

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

Criteria and Eligibility

Chancellor’s Chair-holders will be individuals who have demonstrated exceptional promise of outstanding contributions to post-secondary teaching, learning, and/or educational technology 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.

Application Guidelines

Competition Cycle & Application Deadline

There are currently six chair holders.  The next competition is 2021.  Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2021 to the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates must submit an application package to the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (TH136 or eddev@brocku.ca) be considered for a Chancellor’s Chair. The package, which may be submitted either digitally or in hard-copy, should not exceed 50 pages (i.e. 25 pages double-sided). Each page should be clearly numbered. The application package should include the following items:

  • Nomination form
  • Letter of support from each 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. letters of support from students, colleagues, administration, staff; summary of student evaluations of teaching; evidence of teaching innovation and effectiveness; etc.)
    • Brief curriculum vitae

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

SELECTION COMMITTEE AND CHAIR APPOINTMENT

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 for 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.

The selected Chair recipients will be recognized at CPI’s annual Tribute to Teaching event at the end of the Fall term. Each Chair-holder will receive a framed certificate and grant. Additionally, a plaque recognizing the Chair-holders will be displayed in CPI.

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.

Questions?

For more information about the Chancellor’s Chair or if you wish to discuss your application package, please contact the Centre by email (cpi@brocku.ca), phone (x3933) or in person (TH136).