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3M Fellows Making a Mark in Canadian Higher Education

3M Fellows Making a Mark in Canadian Higher Education
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Author(s): Arshad Ahmad (Concordia University, Canada), Denise Stockley (Queens University, Canada) and Roger Moore (St. Thomas University, Canada)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 9
Source title: Cases on Quality Teaching Practices in Higher Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Diane J. Salter (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3661-3.ch011


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The 3M National Teaching Fellowship program has a rich history in Canada as the premier teaching award, coveted by university professors and post-secondary institutions alike. This program was developed in 1985 through a unique partnership with the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and 3M Canada. It has evolved into one of the most successful public/private partnerships in Canada. While the Fellowship Program has expanded and strengthened over the years, the original vision of celebrating teaching excellence and leadership in teaching continues to distinguish it from other national award programs. Each year, 10 new individuals are chosen to join the Fellowship through the submission of a detailed nomination package, which in turn is adjudicated by a rigorous selection process. Unlike the UK National Teaching Fellowship Scheme, the European Award for Teaching Excellence, or the Australian Awards for University Teaching that offer significant monetary benefits, the 3M Fellows are not awarded money. In addition, while self-nomination is not encouraged, increasingly institutions nominate their recent award winners, especially when they have been recognized for teaching internally and by regional and provincial bodies. So, why do the 3M Fellowships receive nominations year after year and why are they perceived to be more prestigious than ever before? This case study reveals why by highlighting the history of this award, the selection process, and the multiplier effect of the community of 3M Fellows. Further, the authors distinguish the salient aspects of the 3M Fellowship Program from other award schemes in higher education.

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