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.

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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


Key Contacts

Deanne van Tol, PhD

Coordinator, Teaching & Research
519.438.7224 ext. 343

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  Monday - Friday