cookiesThis website uses cookies

We use cookies to enhance your experience to recognize your preferences. To learn and how to change your settings, view our Website Privacy Statement. By using our site, you consent to use cookies unless you have disabled them.

Chairs in University Teaching

As part of the Destination 2020 strategic plan, the University of Ottawa's Chairs in University Teaching underscore the University's commitment to instructional excellence by:

  • Promoting innovative teaching and learning practices that will benefit the wider University community as grounded in a scholarly framework/model;
  • Recognizing the value of educational leadership and excellence in University Teaching; and
  • Supporting professors committed to the scholarly investigation of teaching and learning, translating to University wide transformation of instructional practices.


The Chairholder will receive a three-year non-renewable appointment and an annual fund of $20,000. To highlight the significance of this appointment, the Chairholder's Faculty will provide one assistantship (130 hours per year).

During the appointment, the Chairholder will join the research unit in teaching and learning in higher education housed within the Teaching Learning Support Service (TLSS) and work collaboratively with fellow Chairs to play an active role in the promotion of teaching excellence and the enhancement of student learning in all sectors of the University community.

The Chairholder will lead a three-year research program, with implications on the broader University teaching community, which will relate to:

  • Significant transformation of teaching and learning practices in their field; and
  • Scholarly development and research in the field of University Teaching.

The Chair in University Teaching will also serve as keynote speaker at TLSS and University of Ottawa events which may include: the New Professor Orientation Program, the Teaching Assistant Orientation Program, and TLSS lecture events. In addition to the submission of an annual progress report, the Chairholder will disseminate the results of their scholarly work (via conference presentations, articles, and the TLSS website) and give a public presentation in the final year of their program.


Candidates for a Chair in University Teaching must be full-time faculty members who have:

  • A record of excellence in teaching and strength in research;
  • Leadership in University Teaching within their Faculty and/or department;
  • A demonstrated interest in the examination and development of transformative teaching and learning practices/initiatives; and
  • A fairly broad range of teaching experiences at various levels and within different teaching contexts, including graduate student supervision.

Publications related to teaching and learning in higher education will be considered an asset.

Information Session

An informal information session regarding the Chair in University Teaching program will be held on December 6, 2016, at noon in room VNR 1026. Topics to be discussed will relate to:

  • Details pertaining to the appointment;
  • Expectations of Chairholders; and
  • The selection process.

Selection Process

There will be two rounds of selection for the Chair in University Teaching.

First Round

Submissions to the first round of selection (expression of interest for pre-selection) must include:

  • A completed PDF submission form which includes a one page project description and an explanation of contributions to a research unit in teaching and learning in higher education and to the enhancement of pedagogy in the uOttawa community;
  • A recent curriculum vitæ limited to 4-pages (OCGS format); and
  • A copy of the A report (student evaluations) over last 5 years.

To download the PDF submission form, please  pdfclick here...

The submission deadline for the expressions of interest is January 9, 2017.

One copy of the submission package, including all items listed above, must be submitted in print to the Centre for Innovative Pedagogies and Digital Learning (CIPDL) at: Vanier Hall (room 1001), 136 Jean Jacques Lussier, K1N 6N5.

All candidates will be contacted, in early February, informing them of the committee’s deliberations. Successful candidates will receive information to aid with the preparation of an expanded submission package for the second round.

Second Round

Following the selection of submissions, the committee will contact successful candidates to request an expanded submission which must include:

  • A 5-page project description;
  • A 4-page CV – (only if changes have been made since the first round of selection)
  • A 5-page teaching dossier (see FAQ section for details);
  • A letter of support from the Dean;
  • Two additional letters of support; and
  • An expanded description of proposed contributions to the uOttawa community.

Following the second round of selection, the successful candidate will be contacted in April. The new chair holder may begin their project as of May 1, 2017.

For additional information, please contact the Centre for Innovative Pedagogies and Digital Learning (CIPDL) at  or 613-562-5300.