Distinguished Instructor Award

Policy Category: 
Approved By: 
Effective Date: 
September 1988 [Revised 30 March 2001; 19 December 2002; January 2008; 23 January 2009]


The Distinguished Instructor Award is Lakehead University's most prestigious teaching award. It recognizes a significant contribution to teaching excellence and educational innovation and leadership at Lakehead University over a number of years.  One award per year may be bestowed.

The recipient of the Distinguished Instructor Award will be honoured during a public lecture scheduled in the following academic year.  The recipient will be publicly recognized at Senate and Convocation, and will receive a monetary award of  $2, 000.00.


All faculty members (full-time and contract)are eligible to be nominated except for members currently on the Senate Teaching and Learning Committee. Previous recipients of the award are not eligible.


Nominations of faculty for the award can be made by Faculty members, Deans, Directors, and Department Chairpersons.

Nominations will be called for by February 1stwith receipt of nominations to be no later than March 31st.  The nomination involves completion of the nomination form and attachment of a maximum of two supporting letters (each a maximum of two pages in length). Eligible nominees will be notified by the Associate Vice-President (Academic). Supporting documentation is to be submitted by the eligible nominee no later than May 30th


All voting members of the Senate Teaching and Learning Committee, with the exception of the Vice-President (Academic) &Provost, the Associate Vice-President (Academic), and the Director of the Instructional Development Centre, will form the Awards Selection Committee. The Committee will forward a recommendation to the Vice-President (Academic) & Provost.


(Note: these criteria are based on the criteria for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.  Recipients of the Distinguished Instructor Award are often good candidates for nomination for the 3M Fellowship.)

Evidence of nominee's demonstration of teaching excellence.

  • A list of all courses taught for the past five years.
  • A list of teaching awards received.
  • Normative data from student evaluations of teaching over several years.
  • A copy of the instrument used by students to evaluate the nominee's teaching.
  • A list of special course development efforts.
  • Letters from colleagues and students.
  • An example of course materials.
  • Other evidence of teaching excellence.

Evidence of nominee's educational leadership at the institution and beyond.  For example:

  • Conducting of seminars, workshops, conferences or other events on teaching and learning topics.
  • Work with teaching/learning committees or centres.
  • Consultation with university colleagues on teaching and learning methods.
  • Papers, texts, newsletters, or other publications on university teaching.
  • Research on university teaching and learning problems that goes beyond the normal discipline-focused research conducted by the faculty member.
  • Work on special projects related to university teaching and learning.
  • Work on curriculum.
  • Work with organizations/associations.
  • Other evidence of impact on teaching and learning in higher education.


Nominees should submit a teaching dossier which addresses the criteria for selection, including a statement of teaching philosophy.  Nominees are encouraged to seek assistance with the preparation of their submission from the Instructional Development Centre: dir-idc@lakeheadu.caor 8440.


Chair, Senate Teaching and Learning Committee c/o Miranda Harris

Office of the Vice-President (Academic) and Provost

UC 2008, 2nd Floor, University Centre