Research & Teaching Awards

Our faculty members are regularly recognized for teaching and research excellence from within the University of Alberta and by outside organizations.

Teaching Awards

Provost’s Award for Early Achievement of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

The Provost’s Award for Early Achievement of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching recognizes publicly the achievement of teaching excellence by full-time continuing academic staff within five years of their first university appointment, publicizes such excellence to the university and the wider community, encourages the pursuit of achievement of such excellence among newly appointed academic staff and promotes informed discussion of teaching and its improvement at the University of Alberta.

Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

The Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching is the university's premier teaching award. Its purpose is to recognize teaching excellence publicly, to publicize such excellence to the university and the wider community, to encourage the pursuit of such excellence, and to promote informed discussion of teaching and its improvement at the university. The award is named after the Hon. Alexander Cameron Rutherford, a lawyer who was the first premier of Alberta from 1905 to 1910 and chancellor of the University of Alberta from 1927 to 1941.

The Hon. Tevie H. Miller Teaching Excellence Award

The Hon. Tevie H. Miller Teaching Excellence Award recognizes excellence in teaching by a full-time member of the Faculty of Law. Established in 1998 by the faculty and the Alumni & Friends of the Faculty of Law Association, the award is named in honour of the late Hon. Tevie H. Miller, who served as associate chief justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. A Faculty of Law alumnus, he was also a great friend and supporter of this university, serving as Students’ Union president, president of the Alumni Association, as a member of the Senate, member of the Board of Governors and as chancellor.

Pringle/Royal Sessional Teaching Excellence Award

The Pringle/Royal Sessional Teaching Excellence Award recognizes excellence in teaching by a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Law. The award is named in honour of two long-serving sessional instructors and friends of the faculty. The late Alex D. Pringle, QC, one of Canada’s most respected criminal lawyers, served the legal community for more than 40 years. He founded the law firm Pringle Chivers Sparks Teskey, and was a beloved Faculty instructor for over 30 years. Peter J. Royal, QC, is senior partner at Royal & Company and was a sessional instructor at the Faculty from 1980 to 2019.

  • Recipients

    2019 The Hon. Kevin Feehan & Thomas Rothwell

    2018 Dino Bottos

    2017 Ryan Clements

    2016 Douglas Peterson

    2015 The Hon. Karen Hewitt

    2014 Naomi Schmold

    2013 Marie Gordon, QC

    2012 Rick Reeson QC

    2011 Alexander Pringle, QC

    2010 Dan Scott

    2009 The Hon. Don R. Sommerfeldt

    2008 David Hicks

    2007 The Hon. Adam Germain

    2006 Alexander Pringle, QC

    2005 Peter J. Royal, QC

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Brightspace Innovation Award forTeaching and Learning

Research Awards

University Cup

The University Cup at the University of Alberta was created to recognize contributions to scholarly research, teaching and service to the community and the university, and by this recognition to provide incentive, encouragement and guidance for others to significantly contribute to their fields. Any full-time member of the academic teaching staff with 20 years of service as a faculty member in a university community, and at least 10 years of service as a faculty member at the University of Alberta, may apply.

J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research

The J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research, named after the first vice-president (research) at the University of Alberta, is the most prestigious University of Alberta research award. The award recognizes and honours faculty members whose research contributions significantly add to our knowledge base; are recognized nationally and internationally for their scholarly accomplishments; and set a standard of excellence for other University of Alberta faculty, graduate and undergraduate students and the community-at-large.

  • Recipients

    2013 Gerald Robertson, QC, Professor Emeritus

    2007 Lewis Klar, QC, Professor Emeritus

Killam Annual Professorship

The Killam Annual Professorships were established in July 1991 to acknowledge the generous bequest made by Izaak Walton Killam and Dorothy J. Killam to the University of Alberta. Up to eight Killam Annual Professorships are awarded each year to outstanding academics from across the university in recognition of their distinguished scholarship. The award is based on scholarly activities such as teaching, research, publications, creative activities, presented papers, supervision of graduate students and courses taught, and to service to the community beyond the university.

Martha Cook Piper Research Prize

The Martha Cook Piper Research Prize was established to commemorate the significant contribution Martha Cook Piper made to the research community while she was vice-president (research) and vice-president (research and external affairs) at the University of Alberta between 1993 and 1996. Prizes are awarded to recognize faculty members who are at the early stage of their careers, have a reputation for original research and show outstanding promise as researchers.

McCalla Professorships

The McCalla Professorships are named after Arthur Gilbert McCalla. A renowned agriculturalist, researcher and academic leader, McCalla was the first dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. The McCalla Professors are outstanding academics who have made (and continue to make) significant contributions to the integration of teaching, research and educational leadership.

  • Recipients

    2015 Bruce Ziff

    2011 Elaine Hughes, Professor Emerita

    2006 Roderick Wood

    2005 Catherine Bell

    2002 Linda Reif

    1999 Annalise Acorn

    1998 Richard Bauman, Professor Emeritus

    1994 Gerald Robertson, QC, Professor Emeritus

    1989 Charles R. B. Dunlop, Professor Emeritus

    1987 Frederick Laux, QC

    1986 Lewis Klar, QC, Professor Emeritus

    1985 Bruce Elman

    1982 The Hon. Ellen Picard, Honorary Professor

Royal Society Fellows

  • Recipients

    2007 Tim Caulfield, Academy of Social Sciences, Law

Distinguished Service Award Recipients, Legal Scholarship
Law Society of Alberta and Canadian Bar Association-Alberta Branch

  • Recipients

    2019 Tamara Buckwold

    2018 Barbara Billingsley

    2016 Mitchell McInnes

    2014 Shannon K. O’Byrne

    2008 Gerald B. Robertson, QC, Professor Emeritus

    2006 John M. Law, Professor Emeritus

    2005 Lewis N. Klar, QC, Professor Emeritus

    2003 Richard Bauman, Professor Emeritus

    2002 Frederick Laux, QC

    2001 Peter J. M. Lown, QC, Professor Emeritus

    2000 Charles R.B. Dunlop, Professor Emeritus

    1998 Christine Davies, QC

    1996 The Hon. Sheilah Martin

    1995 The Hon. William A. Stevenson, Professor Emeritus

    1994 Wilbur F. Bowker, QC