Studio for Teaching and Learning

Dr. Geraldine Thomas Educational Leadership Award

The Dr. Geraldine Thomas Educational Leadership Award recognizes a Saint Mary’s University faculty member who provides leadership in cultivating an environment of teaching excellence. The winner receives a plaque presented at the spring Convocation, and a $1,500 award. A framed plaque will also be displayed on the President’s Wall of Academic Excellence.


The Dr. Geraldine Thomas Award was established in 2007 to recognize and honor Dr. Geraldine Thomas’ longstanding commitment to teaching, learning and educational leadership.


Individuals nominated for this award must demonstrate leadership among faculty colleagues in developing institutional structures and processes. They must also pursue activities that help foster teaching excellence at Saint Mary’s University.
For example, nominees may have:

  • Contributed to Saint Mary’s ongoing efforts to improve quality of instruction
  • Mentored colleagues (either formally or informally) to improve their teaching
  • Organized or participated actively in workshops, symposia, or conferences on university instruction
  • Created innovation in teaching approaches, developing pedagogical materials, learning evaluation and / or developed a scholarly approach to teaching and learning.


  • The award is open to full or part-time faculty members who have completed at least five years of teaching service at Saint Mary’s.
  • Chairs of departments are eligible, as are recipients of awards for teaching.
  • Previous candidates must be re-nominated. If the nomination was in the previous 18 months, simply update the originally-submitted documentation
  • Previous recipients of the Educational Leadership award are not eligible for nomination. Academic administrators, such as Presidents, Vice-Presidents and Deans are also ineligible.


Candidates for the award must be nominated by a currently serving faculty colleague (full or part-time) or an academic administrator. Candidates can be co-nominated by faculty colleagues (full or part-time), academic administrators, or members from the community with personal experience of the candidate’s activities. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Complete the Geraldine Thomas Educational Leadership Award Nomination Form. These forms should be submitted to The Studio by March 9, 2018. Written documentation in support of the nomination should be submitted by April 6, 2018.

For further information, contact Dr. William Kay at The Studio: