3M National Teaching Fellowship

Division :

Type : External Teaching Award / Fellowship

More Information : https://www.stlhe.ca/awards/3m-national-teaching-fellowship/


The 3M National Teaching Fellowship is Canada’s most prestigious recognition of excellence in educational leadership and teaching at the post-secondary level.

In 1986, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and 3M Canada partnered to recognize exceptional contributions to teaching and learning in Canadian post-secondary education. The community of 3M National Teaching Fellows embodies the highest ideals of teaching excellence and scholarship with a commitment to encourage and support the educational experience of every learner.

Up to 10 Fellows are selected annually.

Canada now has more than 340 3M National Teaching Fellows, representing a broad range of academic disciplines from more than 80 small and large Canadian post-secondary institutions. After joining the Fellowship, Fellows continue to elevate teaching and learning at their own institutions and through larger, collaborative initiatives supported by 3M Canada, STLHE, and the Council of 3M Fellows, a constituent group within STLHE.

Timeline for Preparing Nominations for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship:

  • March to May: Academic units / divisions internally discuss and select candidates
  • May to September: Begin the process of preparing the nomination package including soliciting letters of support, compiling supporting documentation and writing award file narrative by the nominator, candidate and / or academic unit / division
    • NB: The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation recommends beginning the file preparation sooner than this if possible. For example, it’s best if letters can be solicited before the summer starts; certainly, teaching materials can be compiled and the nominee’s personal statements can be written over the summer before classes start in the fall
  • September: Review of complete draft by academic unit / division and the candidate
  • October: Final review and revisions of completed nomination file by academic unit / division and the candidate
  • November: Nomination packages must be submitted online by the nominator to the 3M Selection Committee. Deadline is in November of every year

If you’re interested in submitting a nomination for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, please reach out to the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation for a consultation.

Previous Recipients

Fiona Rawle, Department of Biology , University of Toronto Mississauga

Alison Gibbs, Department of Statistical Sciences, Faculty of Arts & Science

Greg Evans, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Andy Dicks, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Arts & Science
Martin Schreiber, Faculty of Medicine

Steve Joordens, Psychology, University of Toronto Scarborough

June Larkin, Women and Gender Studies and Equity Studies, Faculty of Arts & Science

Nick Mount, Department of English, Faculty of Arts & Science

Clare Hasenkampf, Biological Science, University of Toronto Scarborough

Susan McCahan, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Ken Bartlett, Department of History, Faculty of Arts & Science
David Dunne, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management

Brian Hodges, Department Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Ontario Institute for the Studies in Education 
Martin Wall, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts & Science

Herbert Kong, Faculty of Medicine

Ivan Silver, Faculty of Medicine
Derek Allen, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts & Science

Judith Poe, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto Mississauga

David Foot, Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts & Science
Guy Allen, Professional Writing and Communications, University of Toronto Mississauga


  1. The 3M National Teaching Fellowship is open to any individual currently teaching at a Canadian university, regardless of discipline, level, or term of appointment. However, the 3M is intended for faculty who have a history of excellence in teaching and educational leadership, and a strong record in undergraduate teaching. Most successful candidates will have received major internal teaching awards, and another significant external teaching award. Nominations must include significant and documented evidence of educational leadership in and outside of the candidate’s discipline and department/division, effective teaching strategies, teaching excellence (through both student evaluations and recognition) and course and curriculum development efforts.


November 15, 2022


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