The OPD LLM Teaching Awards are being presented to honour those who, through innovation and commitment, have significantly enhanced the quality of learning of Osgoode Part-Time LLM Students. Up to two Teaching Awards will be presented annually, based on a rolling three-year program cycle.
The purpose of these awards is to provide significant recognition for excellence in teaching, to encourage its pursuit, to publicize such excellence, and to promote informed discussion of teaching and its improvement. The awards demonstrate the value Osgoode attaches to teaching.
The nominations can come from any of the LLM students registered in any of the three years prior to the award year. Nominations must be on the approved form and accompanied by a statement setting out how/why this faculty member has met the criteria of teaching excellence in the Part-Time LLM program in any of the designated years. The awards will be decided by a committee composed of the Director, Associate Director and a nominee from Osgoode full-time faculty. To be eligible, a faculty member must be nominated by more than one student.
Faculty are not eligible to win this award more than once every three years. The following faculty have won the in the past three years and are not eligible to receive the award this year:
Defining teaching excellence is difficult since teaching varies by context, technique, class size and other factors, such as cultural or gender approaches. The criteria below represent some, but not necessarily all, of the characteristics that an outstanding teacher might embody. They are not ranked in order of importance, and examples of these criteria are illustrative but not exhaustive. The examples are meant to serve as guides for considering the diverse strengths of candidates.
Student Learning Experience
Professional and curriculum development