Preparing a Nomination

Every reviewer in the Selection Committee appreciates the time and energy you devote to completing a nomination dossier. Please accept what follows as guidance to improve the energy and conviction of your nomination.


The 3M National Teaching Fellowship is a growing body of university teachers with demonstrated commitments to university teaching excellence and educational leadership. The Fellowship is not a trophy, a prize, a medal, a research opportunity, or a sum of money. Successful 3M Fellows do not win any thing. They will be invited to join the Fellowship of teachers and to become lifetime members of The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Becoming a member of these groups is the reward.

  • The Committee bases its decisions equally on teaching excellence and educational leadership.
  • The 3M Fellowship is not a lifetime achievement award. Please do not nominate retired professors or those near retirement. Outstanding retired teachers and leaders deserve to be honoured, but the 3M Fellowship is not intended to be such an award.
  • Likewise, please do not nominate full-time administrators or educational developers whose teaching opportunities have been significantly reduced for the past five or more years.
  • Well-organized dossiers help the reviewer to find key pieces of evidence quickly. Therefore, please follow the recommended format and structure outlined in this Call for Nominations.
  • A dossier prepared for some other purpose (e.g. tenure, promotion, another teaching award) should be significantly revised to fit the structure, criteria, and documentation required for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.
  • Supporting letters should be recent (ideally dated withion the last 18 months). In the letters, please address specifically the criteria for this Fellowship. Address letters to Dr. Debra Dawson.
  • Do not include a full CV.
  • If you are a student preparing a nomination for a former professor, thank you! We encourage you to get help from the nominee, from his or her colleagues, friends, and former students, and from places like the teaching and learning centre and the grants and awards office. We do not encourage students to nominate professors by whom they are still being taught.
  • Keep the dossier succinct: there is a 50-page limit.. Mere lists are unhelpful in making a compelling case. Mentions of workshops, addresses, and articles can be persuasive if supported by commentary on their impact.
  • Please provide institutional context and background. The Selection Committee may not be familiar with the disciplinary or institutional norms of teaching in your institution.
  • Please remember, only material contained in the dossier is considered in the committee’s assessment.
  • As nominator and as nominee, be optimistic as you prepare your dossier, but remember, several recipients each year will have been nominated at least once before. Each unsuccessful nomination for a 3M Fellowship will receive extensive feedback, both general and specific, that may enrich the reflective process of resubmission and the resulting dossier.
  • Please ensure that all material — course materials, student comments, letters of support — is clearly dated.