Award & Recognition (no monetary value) – 9 Instructors/Year (1 instructor/school of study)
Nomination (500 words max)
We believe outstanding instructors should be acknowledged for their dedication and hard work at SAIT, which is why we honour their commitment at the annual SAITSA Awards banquet each spring. Since 2005, SAITSA has been encouraging students to nominate their instructors for this prominent award.
Instructors can be nominated by their students at any time of the year; in order to be considered for the current academic year’s award process the nomination must be received by February 15th, applications will reopen at the beginning of the spring semester for the following academic year.
To nominate an instructor, the student must describe in detail how the instructor possesses one or more of the following qualities, not to exceed 500 words:
- Provides extra time and resources above and beyond the call of duty
- Is accommodating, sympathetic and respectful to student concerns and lifestyles
- Utilizes multiple resources to appeal to different learning styles
- Has outstanding organization and preparation for class
- Has interest and enthusiasm for teaching and student success
- Has fair testing and grading
- Embraces diversity
- Has a willingness and appreciation for students’ input and questions
- Fosters a positive classroom environment
Submissions are assessed by the Instructor Excellence Selection Committee based on statements of how the award criteria is satisfied to illustrate teaching excellence. Including detailed examples and outcomes of how an instructor demonstrates teaching excellence helps the selection committee in its review. The number of nominations an instructor receives will also be taken into consideration.
The committee shortlists nominees to three instructors from each school who best exemplify teaching excellence, and the top candidate is then selected to receive an Instructor Excellence Award. Preference may be given to an instructor who has not previously won an award, or who has not won in the last two years.