ECSA-C Award for Teaching Excellence in the field of European Studies

Call for nominations for the ECSA-C teaching award

The European Community Studies Association in Canada (ECSA-C) is pleased to announce the “Award for Teaching Excellence in the field of European Studies”. This award will honor instructors who have taught a course with European Union content in Canadian university/college. The ECSA-C Award is accompanied with a prize of CAD 500, which is made possible by the Jean Monnet ECSA-Cn project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union. 

Selection criteria for the ECSA-C “Award for Teaching Excellence in the field of European Studies”:

  • All candidates must show exemplary experience in one or more of these practices: ·applying innovative teaching methods; · combining theory and practice, relevance and scholarly excellence; · using research elements to achieve excellence in teaching;  · achievements in encouragement of critical thinking; · sustained commitment to teaching excellence, rather than one-off achievements.

Eligibility: A candidate must be:

  • an academic instructor of any rank in the Social Sciences and/or Humanities;
  • currently teaching at a higher education institution (university or college) in Canada.
  • ECSA-C Board members can not apply or be nominated

Application process (by recommendation and self-recommendation):

  • Candidates can be recommended by students, alumni, faculty colleagues, and institutional leaders. A brief recommendation letter can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March15th, 2018. The recommendation letter should provide a summary of the main reasons for the recommendation as well as the full contact information of the nominator and the candidate. The candidate will be invited to submit a full application by the deadline of March 30, 2018.
  • Faculty members are strongly encouraged to apply directly by submitting a full application with the deadline of March 30, 2018. The full application must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with evidence in support of the application/nomination.

Full Application:

    • All submitted documents must be in English or French and include:
    • A short personal statement written by the candidate about his/her teaching, including concrete examples of what they have accomplished or learned in their teaching, their approaches to teaching or philosophy of teaching, and a discussion of what their goals are for their teaching in the future (1000 words);
    • The candidate's curriculum vitae (or resume) with contact information;
    • Two letters of support: one from a colleague who is familiar with the candidate's teaching record; and one from a student (letters from former students should describe the teacher's influence on them); (In case the candidate was recommend, please submit just the one of the two letters that is required 

Selection process:

    • The ECSA-Cn coordinator will send an email to acknowledge the receipt of the application or nomination within one week of the submission.
    • The ECSA-C executive board will make its decision by April 15th and the candidate will be invited to participate in the ECSA-C Biennial in Toronto, May 9 -11 during the award ceremony (the winner is encouraged to participate in the recognition of the award).

Conferring the Award and the Prize

  • The award and the ECSA-C prize will be presented at ECSA-C award ceremony. The award winner will also be invited to conduct an interview with the ECSA-Cn team and be featured on the project’s website.