Adjudication Process

In recognition of the systemic conditions of disadvantage in higher education and society, we are committed to an adjudication process that considers context when reviewing packages from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQI.

Adjudication Committee

The Adjudication Committee (Committee) will comprise of a minimum of five individuals, including one current student, one bilingual (English and French) member, one member of 3M Canada, and one member will have expertise with how to address disadvantage and marginalization of historical groups in selection processes. Committee membership shall represent diverse institutional types.

In composing the Adjudication Committee, we strive for diverse regional representations, representation from past Fellowship winners, a balance of gender, and a variety of academic disciplines. Committee membership will also reflect those historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQI. All Committee members, excluding the 3M Canada representative, must be current STLHE members.

None of the members of the Adjudication Committee can be current directors on the STLHE Board. None can serve on another STLHE award committee in the same year.

Committee members have a three-year term with up to one-year renewal at the discretion of the STLHE Board. Student members must be a current student for their duration or will end their term early or transition to another role on the Committee.

Adjudication Process – Selecting by Consensus

Copies of the nomination materials are circulated electronically to all members of the Adjudication Committee. Before the meeting, Committee members privately review nominations and evaluate them against the published criteria. Typically, every file is read at least three times. Following individual review, committee members convene virtually and work toward consensus until they unanimously agree on no more than 10 nominees. Of the 10 Fellows selected every year, at least five must come from disciplines involving Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). Historically, this ratio has occurred organically within the 3MNTF.

To be invited to join the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, nominees must demonstrate:

  • Excellence in teaching over five recent years, principally (but not necessarily exclusively) at the undergraduate level; and
  • Commitment to educational leadership, innovative teaching practices and improving post-secondary teaching, with emphasis on contributions beyond the nominee’s discipline, job description, or profession.
  • Innovative teaching or educational leadership practices.

Conflicts of interest

Committee members are excluded from reviewing and commenting on nominees from their own institutions or with whom they have close professional or personal relationships. Committee members are to declare any perceived or real conflicts of interest and recuse themselves from reviewing, submitting comments, or discussing those nominations.