OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Award – Nomination Deadline Extended

44th Annual OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Award
Call for Nominations

The internal deadline has been extended to March 31, 2017

Each year, OCUFA recognizes outstanding teachers and academic librarians in Ontario universities through its Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards. The recipients are selected by the OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards Committee.


  • Teaching, in the context of the OCUFA awards, embraces virtually all levels of instruction – graduate and undergraduate teaching, continuing education and faculty development. Similarly, proficiency in teaching may extend well beyond the classroom, the laboratory or the faculty member’s office. Activities such as course design, curriculum development, organization of teaching programs and other significant forms of leadership are often important contributions to the instructional process. Those who excel in any of these are eligible for the OCUFA Teaching Awards.
  • Academic librarianship, in the context of the OCUFA Awards, embraces all aspects of librarianship that contribute to the scholarly achievement of all members of the university community. Activities such as development and delivery of services, provision of educational materials, collection development and management and other contributions to academic librarianship are important to the intellectual functioning of the university. Those who excel in any of these are eligible for an OCUFA Academic Librarianship Award.

Recipients of OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards are guests of OCUFA at a special awards ceremony, where they are presented with a citation and gift to commemorate their achievement. OCUFA pays accommodation and travel costs from the home university for each recipient and a guest to attend the awards ceremony.


The OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards recognize individuals with exceptional contributions to the higher education community. Group nominations are not accepted.

A candidate must meet both of the following prerequisites to be considered:

  1. Candidate is a member of an OCUFA affiliated faculty association
  2. Candidate was not previously nominated or Candidate was nominated in a previous year, but did not win or Candidate was nominated twice consecutively, but did not win. At least two years have passed since the last nomination.

Posthumous nominations can be made for those who passed away in the award year. For example, if the award year is 2015-2016, nominations can only be made for those who passed away between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

The Nomination Process

  1. A 1-2 page statement of support is completed by a nominator (or a group of nominators) who can attest to the nominee’s exceptional commitment to the higher education community. Nominations can be submitted by members of faculty (including Chairs and Deans), librarians, students or alumni.
  2. Nominators submit the nomination statement and a copy of the nominee’s CV to mufa@mcmaster.ca and mi@mcmaster.ca by March 31, 2017.
  3. The MUFA Executive Committee will review the nominations for approval.
  4. The MacPherson Institute will contact the nominees in early March and encourage them to develop and submit a nomination brief by May 26, 2017 according to the OCUFA award’s guidelines available at http://ocufa.on.ca/assets/OCUFA-Teaching-Award-Guidelines-Feb-2016.pdf and http://ocufa.on.ca/assets/OCUFA-Librarianship-Award-Guidelines-Feb-2016_final.pdf.