Academic Awards

We are especially proud of the accomplishments of our academic staff and we believe it is important to reward excellence

Nominations are now closed. Award recipients will be announced in the Fall.


Teaching Excellence Award

The Werklund School of Education awards one Werklund Teaching Excellence Award annually to a full time, continuing academic staff member who demonstrates outstanding teaching and learning experiences. A nominee should be an individual who is widely recognized for their teaching and academic inquiry within the School, supports the educational excellence of colleagues, and embodies a spirit of instructional innovation. 

Leadership in Education Award

The Werklund School of Education awards one Leadership in Education Award annually to an academic staff member who demonstrates outstanding leadership and commitment to improving teaching and learning experiences in the School and in the profession. A nominee should be an individual who shows strong evidence of leadership within one or more of the following areas: curriculum, pedagogy and assessment; supervision; community outreach; innovation in education; and collaborative practice. 

Distinguished Research Lecture Award

The Distinguished Research Lecture Award is a prestigious recognition bestowed annually by the Werklund School of Education on one of its scholars. The Award recognizes a scholar who has made outstanding contributions to research in the discipline and in the community by advancing and leading educational research. The recipient will deliver a public lecture on campus as an opening event of the academic year (late September to end of November) at the University of Calgary. 

Research Excellence Award

The Research Excellence Award recognizes excellence in research by academic staff in the Werklund School of Education. One award will be given to a researcher whose work has had significant and sustained impact on educational practice, the researcher’s discipline, and on the community at large. The researcher will have shown exceptional leadership in advancing the research environment within and outside the Werklund School of Education, and through outstanding research accomplishments as recognized by peers nationally and internationally. 

Excellence in Practicum Supervision Award

The supervised practical experience (variously known as practicum, clinical training, internship, depending on the discipline) is an essential component of professional degree programs. It is the means by which instruction and learning through the professions of teaching, counselling psychology, and school and applied child psychology socializes students to become practitioners. Practicum offers students practical and supervised opportunities to integrate classroom learning with the day-to-day pragmatic work of the profession. 

Practicum supervision is a distinct professional activity that involves mentoring, observation, evaluation, feedback, and acquisition of knowledge and skills by instruction, modeling, and mutual problem-solving. We want to honor excellence in practicum supervision for professionals who undertake this essential component of our professional degree programs. Three (3) practicum supervisors will be recognized each year, one in the Bachelor of Education, one in Counselling Psychology, and one in School and Applied Child Psychology. 

Distinguished Graduate Supervision Award

An exemplary Graduate Supervisor demonstrates engaged mentoring of graduate students through regular meetings and research training aimed at promoting excellence in research and scholarship. Exemplary Graduate Supervisors assist their graduate students in a variety of ways, such as: applying for awards and scholarships, obtaining research funds, developing track records in refereed publications and conference presentations, and encouraging and supporting apprenticeship in a research community of practice (collaborative review of papers, grants, academic writing, and data analysis). One academic staff member will be recognized each year. 

Community Engagement Award

The University of Calgary values community engagement through thought leadership, cultural enrichment, collaborative partnerships, and alumni engagement. The Werklund School of Education aims to foster community engagement to support knowledge exchange networks, community-based research and professional learning opportunities. The Community Engagement Award annually recognizes a Werklund School academic staff member or Community member who is engaged with the Werklund School of Education for facilitating valued professional and organizational relationships between the School, the University, and the extended community. The Community Engagement Award recognizes the contributions of an exceptional individual whose leadership has enhanced community engagement in Werklund School of Education on one or more of the priorities and aims identified above. 

Early Career Researcher Award

The Early Career Researcher Award recognizes the research contributions and promise of early career researchers in the Werklund School of Education. One award will be given to an emerging researcher whose research has had an impact on educational practice, has broken new ground in the researcher’s discipline, and has resonated with the community at large. The researcher will have shown emerging leadership in advancing the research environment within and outside the Werklund School of Education, and through research accomplishments as recognized by peers nationally and internationally.

Online Teaching Excellence Award

The Online Teaching Excellence Award is presented annually to an academic staff member in the Werklund School of Education who demonstrates outstanding online teaching and learning experiences. A nominee should be an individual who is widely recognized for their teaching and academic inquiry within the School, supports the educational excellence of colleagues, and embodies a spirit of instructional innovation. 

Sessional Instructor Award

The Werklund School of Education awards one Sessional Instructor Teaching Excellence Award annually to a sessional academic staff member who demonstrates outstanding teaching and learning experiences. A nominee should be an individual who is widely recognized for their teaching and academic inquiry within the School, supports the educational excellence of colleagues, and embodies a spirit of instructional innovation. 

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