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Teaching & Learning

Excellence in teaching is what Huron's reputation has been based on since 1863. Our approach is built on providing our graduates with opportunities to develop competencies that will prepare them to be resourceful, adaptable, compassionate, and informed members and leaders of their communities, prepared to see issues from a multiplicity of perspectives and to exercise careful judgement in decision-making.

  • Phantoms of the Past offers a unique opportunity to travel across the Atlantic Ocean, visit the United Kingdom and participate in a transatlantic research project. It was one of the highlights of my time as an undergraduate and I will never forget it!
    July 2019
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  • It’s hard to understand these things by just being in the classroom. It’s so helpful to talk to the people who are actively working on and have lived the issues that we are studying.
    June 2019
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  • This experiential learning trip explored issues of justice, peace, equity, and sustainability. It taught me to be mindful about where the things I consume and use on a daily basis come from, and to be curious about the lives and stories of those who produce it.
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  • This mentorship program provides space for the students to realize their skills, and really gets the senior students thinking about their roles as role models for first year students. They get to see that they can make a difference.
    Tri-Mentorship Program increases student engagement
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  • The central proposition of the project is that by reframing soil as a relational medium instead of a resource, we can facilitate new solutions to pressing socio-environmental problems such as soil conservation, food insecurity and environmental racism.
    Dr. Kate Lawless, Assistant Professor, Centre of Global Studies
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  • There’s so much more to history than you can learn in class.
    Patrick Kinghan, 3rd-year History student
    Summer fellowship moves research beyond the library
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Teaching and Learning Awards and Grants

John and Gail MacNaughton Prize for Excellence in Teaching
FASS Award for Teaching Excellence
The Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching

Applications and nominations are invited for the John and Gail MacNaughton Prize for Excellence in Teaching, valued at $5,000.00 and tenable for two years, starting in September 2018.  The MacNaughton Prize serves to encourage pedagogical innovation and reflection on, and sharing of, the scholarship of teaching and learning at Huron.

All full-time and part-time members of faculty in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science and the Faculty of Theology at Huron University College are eligible to apply.

Deadline: TBA

Applications must include:

A completed Application Form and a Teaching Portfolio that includes a statement of the applicant’s teaching philosophy, current teaching responsibilities, evidence of teaching accomplishments, and publishing record related to pedagogy.


The committee will also consult the published results of student evaluations of courses and teaching.

The Award is given for excellence in undergraduate teaching in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, demonstrated over a number of years, through factors such as: classroom instruction; academic counselling, tutoring, and advising of students; course design; curriculum development; preparation of educational materials; and innovative teaching methods.

Deadline: TBA

Applications must include:

  • A letter of nomination, addressing the criteria listed above;
  • A document from the nominee containing a statement of teaching philosophy:
    • Details of the implementation of that philosophy in the nominee’s teaching
    • A listing of courses taught at Huron University College
    • A listing of impacts on the scholarship and/or practice of teaching and learning (including publications, presentations, adoption of methods and/or materials by colleagues, requests for demonstrations, favourable reviews of materials, etc.)
    • A submission of this document signifies acceptance of the nomination
  • Additional letters from two students (current and/or former), and one faculty member, all to be solicited by the nominator and to address the criteria listed above

All continuing members of full-time  faculty who are either Limited Term or tenured at the University and its Affiliated University Colleges are eligible for nomination. Previous recipients of this award are ineligible for renomination.

Award recipient(s) will receive a medal and commemorative scroll which normally will be presented at the appropriate Spring Convocation. In addition, his/her name will be inscribed on a plaque which will be displayed in a prominent location in the University.

Deadline: TBA

Learn more about applying for this award at uwo.ca

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Key Contacts

Deanne van Tol, PhD

Coordinator, Teaching & Research
519.438.7224 ext. 343
dvantol2huron.uwo.ca
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8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  Monday - Friday

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