Schulich Teaching Excellence Awards

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SCTE > Schulich TEA – Recent Top Ten and Winners


In 2012/13 the Student Governments re-designed the Annual Seymour Schulich Teaching Excellence Awards (Schulich TEA). In Summer 2013 the redesigned version was implemented.  Below, an overview of the process is provided.


What are the Seymour Schulich Teaching Excellence Awards?

  • Annual awards in recognition of outstanding teaching and learning
  • Presented at the Graduate Business Council (GBC) and Undergraduate Business Society (UBS) Formal at the end of the Winter term each year
  • $15,000 awarded to the first place winner and $10,000 to the second place winner
  • Awards are separate for masters and undergraduate students, but the process is the same


Why were the awards redesigned?

Stakeholder feedback revealed a need for:

  • Increased student participation, with user-friendly, convenient voting for students
  • A fairer selection process for faculty

What is my role in the process?

  • In Weeks 5 or 6 (for 6 week courses that run in the first half of the semester) and 11 or 12 (for other courses), you will be providing time for students to complete the Online Course Evaluations and the Schulich TEA rating at the same time. Please provide about 15 minutes at the beginning of class to enable your students to complete both. The links are:
    http://courseevaluations.yorku.ca and
  • You may leave the classroom or stay in the beginning to provide assistance, but refrain from speaking / engaging with your students about anything but technical help.
  • If students have questions, please refer them to their student government:
  • Only course sections with 15 or more students are eligible for the award.


How are award winners selected?

  • The unit of evaluation for the Schulich TEA will be one course section  –  for example, ACTG 1000 3.00, Section A
  • Determined by students through an online platform (pilot with a paper version for courses in the first half-semester of Summer 2013), completed in-class in weeks 5/6 or 11/12 for 6week courses or full courses, respectively
  • Form comprised of two questions:
    1. In your personal opinion, based on your experience in this course, do you believe this instructor should receive the Seymour Schulich Teaching Excellence Award?  (1 to 7 level of agreement scale)
    2. Ethics Clearance – No one attempted to bias my response to the question above. (False/True)
  • Together the responses to these two questions and the participation rate for the course section generate the Schulich TEA Score
  • Instructors with the top ten scores will be recognized, with the top two being the Schulich TEA winners for the year in each category (Bachelors, Masters)


Where are the Schulich TEA Winners recognized?

  • The Schulich TEA Top Ten will be recognized at the GBC/UBS Formals in the Winter Term and on the website.
  • Schulich TEA winners will also be celebrated at Spring Convocation
  • Schulich TEA winners  will be showcased in the newly-established Seymour Schulich Teaching Excellence Awards Hall of Fame in the Schulich building

How is Teaching Excellence defined for the purposes of this award?

Seymour Schulich’s vision for these awards is that the winners demonstrate excellence in:

  • Knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the subject matter
  • Exceptional teaching strategies and communication skills
  • Positive student learning experiences
  • Teaching innovation
  • Responsiveness to student needs and concerns
  • Question 1 – asks students to rate the instructor’s teaching based on Seymour Schulich’s vision


How is social responsibility incorporated into these awards?

  • Promotion of the Schulich TEA process by students, faculty, and staff is encouraged
  • All students should submit their personal rating of their specific instructors, based on their own experience and based on their own judgment
  • Self-promotion by an instructor is not permitted
  • Promotion of a specific instructor by a student is not permitted
  • Question 2 – Ethical Clearance asks whether the student’s response was free of inappropriate bias


Should you have any questions about Schulich TEA, please feel free to contact the Schulich Centre for Teaching Excellence at scte@schulich.yorku.ca.