Centre for Teaching and Learning

External Awards

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) rewards teaching excellence, scholarship and innovation by administering awards and funding. CTL's Strategic Initiatives Manager supports academics in their pursuit of teaching awards by helping to identify award opportunities and offering tips on developing a strong nomination package. Copies of previous successful nomination packages for many of these awards are available for review in CTL. For more information or assistance contact Curtis Champagne, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Centre for Teaching and Learning (780.492.9302 or curtisc@ualberta.ca).

Brief descriptions of select external teaching awards are published below.  The complete nomination procedure and submission requirements for each award can be found by clicking on the award name.

3M National Teaching Fellowships (STLHE)

Sponsor: Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and 3M Canada.
Description: Awards are open to all individuals currently teaching at a Canadian university, regardless of discipline or level of appointment. The Selection Committee looks for independent evidence of: (1) excellence in teaching over a number of years, principally (but not exclusively) at the undergraduate level and (2) educational leadership, i.e., commitment to the improvement of university teaching with particular emphasis to contributions beyond the nominee's discipline or profession.
Note, the guidelines were modified significantly in March 2013 and again in 2016 to emphasize the equal importance of educational leadership and teaching.
Value Description:  Lifetime Membership in Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and 3-day retreat.
Internal Deadline:  September 15 (Final draft)
External Deadline:  September 30, 2017.

University of Alberta's 3M National Teaching Fellows


Alan Blizzard Award (STLHE)

Sponsor:  Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).
Description:  The Alan Blizzard Award is designed to stimulate and reward collaboration in teaching, and encourage and disseminate scholarship in teaching and learning. The award is open to groups of two or more individuals, at least one of whom must be currently teaching at a Canadian university, regardless of discipline or level of appointment.  (Note, this award is now offered bi-annually.)
Value Description:  A citation in recognition of exemplary contribution to the scholarship of teaching and learning.  Invited presenter at the annual STLHE conference of the Alan Blizzard Plenary, expenses paid.  Publication and dissemination by STLHE of a paper describing the project.
Deadline:  The next call for submissions will be in December 2017.


Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning (STLHE)

Sponsor:  Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and Brightspace by D2L (formerly known as Desire2Learn).
Description:  Applications are invited from individuals with a demonstrable record of innovation(s) in areas including pedagogical approaches, teaching methods, course design, curriculum development, assessment methods, various tools and technologies that enhance learning and have had a significant impact on post-secondary education. Awards are open to all instructors currently teaching at a post-secondary institution, regardless of discipline, level, or term of appointment.
Deadline:  February 12, 2017.


Distinguished Academic Award (CAFA)

Sponsor: Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA).
Description:  Recognizies an academic staff member, or group of staff members, who through their research and/or other scholarly, creative or professional activities have made an outstanding contribution to the wider community beyond the university.
Deadline: April 23, 2016.
Value Description:  Recipients will receive a $2,000 prize and a piece of original Alberta art work.


Distinguished Academic Early Career Award (CAFA)

Sponsor:  Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA).
Description: Recognizes an academic staff member at an early stage of his or her career, who through their research and/or other scholarly, creative or professional activity have made an outstanding contribution to the wider community beyond the university.
Deadline:  April 23, 2016.
Value Description:  Recipients will receive a $2,000 prize and a piece of original Alberta art work.


Distinguished Academic Award (CAUT)

Sponsor:  Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).
Description:  The CAUT Distinguished Academic Award recognizes academics who excel in each of the domains of academic life: teaching, research, service to the institution and to the community.
Deadline: August 31, 2016.
Value Description:  The award will be presented at the Spring CAUT Council. The recipient will be invited to give an address to Council and the address will be subsequently published by CAUT.  The recipient will receive a $1,000 honorarium with the award.


Campus Alberta Open Education Resources Initiative (ABOER)

Sponsor:  Campus Alberta Open Educational Resources (ABOER).
1. OER Adoption Pilots: Alberta institutions may apply for up to $10,000 as contribution to an OER Adoption Pilot initiative on your campus in Fall 2016 that includes capacity building. Faculty leadership within the 26 Campus Alberta Publicly Funded Institutions and 5 First Nations Colleges are eligible to apply.
2. OER Peer Reviews: Alberta faculty members may be awarded $500.00 to review an OER that replaces an existing student paid resource relating to one or more of the top 50 highest enrolled courses at your institution. Faculty within the 26 Campus Alberta Publicly Funded Institutions and 5 First Nations Colleges are eligible to apply.
Deadline: March 6, 2016.

 


Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals (FCCP) Education Foundation Award of Merit

Sponsor:  Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals (Ontario) Education Foundation (FCCP).
Description:  The FCCP Education Foundation Award of Merit was established in 1985. The Award has been given annually to distinguished Chinese Canadians with outstanding professional achievements. Nomination is open to both academic institutions and public. Each nomination must be sponsored by two nominators. It should include a brief resume of the nominee, outlining his or her achievements and/or contribution. All nominations should reach Roslyn M. Tsao rtsao@epsteincole.com, President of the FCCP Education Foundation at 1108 - 45 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2H9 by July 31, 2016.
Value Description:  The Award of Merit is accompanied by a $2,500 monetary award.
Deadline:  July 31, 2016.


For a complete list of academic awards and recipients visit ualberta.ca/academicawards. Use the search tool or navigate to the award you are interested in. For discipline specific awards select the appropriate field of study and determine which award(s) are applicable then click search. Click on "Show award recipients..." to view the list of past recipients of that award.