Awards

Teaching Awards

The Werklund School of Education Office of Teaching and Learning helps facilitate the recognition of outstanding teaching in the School each year by administering and adjudication of several internal teaching awards.

With the application for University of Calgary or external awards for teaching excellence, we are happy to provide support with the copyediting of award dossiers and other preparation of applications.  If you are applying for awards at these levels feel free to contact us for support.

As you consider applying for, or adjudicating, awards and grants whether with the Werklund School of Education, the University of Calgary or from an external entity, we encourage you to consider the guidelines that the university has drafted to acknowledge and foster greater equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in our award and grant processes.

Currently there are four teaching awards which have been adjudicated through the Office of Teaching and Learning and the Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee. Learn more about these and other Werklund awards.

  1. Teaching Excellence Award

    Description:  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.

    Award: Up to $2,000 to be used towards attending a conference of their choice, to be used by June 30, 2022; name engraved on the Werklund Teaching Excellence Award plaque; letter of recognition.

  2. Leadership in Education Award

    Description: Award recognizes an academic staff member who demonstrates outstanding leadership and commitment to improving teaching and learning experiences in the School and in the profession.

    Award: Up to $2,000 to be used towards attending a conference of their choice, to be used by June 30, 2022; name engraved on the Werklund Teaching Excellence Award plaque; letter of recognition.

  3. Online Teaching Excellence Award

    Description:  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. 

    Award: Up to $2,000 to be used towards attending a conference of their choice, to be used by June 30, 2022; letter of recognition.

  4. Sessional Instructor Award

    Description:  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

    Award: Up to $2,000 to be used towards attending a conference of their choice, to be used by June 30, 2022; letter of recognition.

The University of Calgary Teaching Awards are offered in 14 categories.  There is a comprehensive nomination process that must be completed by the application deadline, which will be March 3, 2022 at 11:59pm.  The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning offers sessions to help you prepare nomination packages.  The WSE Office of Teaching and Learning will host drop-in sessions to help potential candidates prepare their nominations and will provide editing support of nomination portfolios as well.

Also, if you are interested in adjudicating award nominations you can apply before March 3, 2022.

Visit the Taylor Institute awards page for more information on the awards.

Werklund Winners of University of Calgary Teaching Awards

2021
Miwa Takeuchi - Award for Full-Time Academic Staff (Associate Professor)
Polly L. Knowlton Cockett - Award for Sessional Instructors
Soroush Sabbaghan - Award for Teaching in Online Environments
Quality Graduate Supervision MOOC Team: Michele Jacobsen and Hawazen Alharbi - Award for Educational Leadership (Group)

2020
Man-Wai Chu - Award for Full-Time Academic Staff
Michele Jacobsen - Award for Graduate Supervision
Gregory Tweedie - Teaching in Online Environments

2019

Anusha Kassan - Award for Full-Time Academic Staff
Shelly Russell-Mayhew - Award for Full-Time Academic Staff
Colleen Kawalilak - Award for Graduate Supervision
Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc. (Lorne Keeper, Margaret Scott, Shirley Myran and Derek Courchene) and Werklund School of Education (Meadow Schroeder, Erica Makarenko, Jac J.W. Andrews) - Award for Educational Leadership (Group)
Mary-Ann Mitchell-Pellett - Award for Sessional Instructors
Cyndie Baum - Award for Continuing and Professional Education
Stephanie Bartlett and Erin Quinn - Award for Team-Teaching

2018
Shelly Russell-Mayhew, Tina Gabriele, Alana Ireland, Kerri Murray and Gavin Peat - Educational Leadership (Group): Health Champions Committee
Shelly Russell-Mayhew - Award for Graduate Supervision
Aubrey Hanson - Teaching in Online Environments

2017
Faculty and Social Work and Werklund School of Education, Advancing Healthy and Socially Just Schools and CommunitiesAward for Curriculum Development
Catherine Burwell – Award for Full-time Academic Staff
Katherine MuellerAward for Sessional Instructor
Jim Reilly Award for Workplace Integrated Education

2015
Werklund School of Education, Bachelor of Education program ­Award for Curriculum Development
Jennifer Lock – Award for Educational Leadership, (formal role)
Jo Towers – Award for Full-time Academic Staff
Barb Brown – Award for Teaching in Online Environments
Yang (Flora) Liu – Award for Graduate Assistants (Teaching)

2014

Janet Groen – Award for Full-time Academic Staff
Peggy Patterson – Award for Graduate Supervision
Barbara Brydges – Award for Academic Librarians, Archivists and Curators
Meadow Schoeder – Award for Teaching in Online Environments

2021
Teaching Excellence: Tanya Mudry
Educational Leadership: Beaumie Kim
Excellence Instructing in Online Environments: Roswita Dressler
Sessional Instructor Award: Sandra Duggleby

2020
Teaching Excellence: Miwa Takeuchi
Educational Leadership: Erica Makarenko
Excellence Instructing in Online Environments: Patricia Danyluk, Theodora Kapoyannis and Astrid Kendrick
Sessional Instructor Award: Polly Knowlton Cockett

2019
Teaching Excellence: Man-Wai Chu
Educational Leadership: Barb Brown
Excellence Instructing in Online Environments: Katie Crossman
Sessional Instructor Award: Nadia Delanoy

2018
Teaching Excellence: David Scott
Educational Leadership: Jac Andrews

2017
Teaching Excellence: Amy Burns
Leadership in Teaching: Catherine Burwell

2016
Teaching Excellence: Yvonne Poitras-Pratt
Leadership in Teaching: Dianne Gereluk

2015
Teaching Excellence: Sarah Eaton
Leadership in Teaching: Tonya Callaghan

2014
Teaching Excellence: Barb Brown, Catherine Burwell, and Adam McCrimmon
Leadership in Teaching: Michele Jacobsen

2013
Teaching Excellence: Kent Donlevy and Andreea Cervatiuc
Leadership in Teaching: Sharon Friesen, Jennifer Lock, and Bonnie Shapiro

2012
Teaching Excellence: Jennifer Lock, Michele Jacobsen, and Candace Saar

The Academic Support Offices (Research, Teaching, International) are inviting you to apply for a Academic Support Offices Grant: Award Package Pathway Preparation. This grant is to help you prepare and assemble an award package. Nominating someone for an Award or receiving an award is becoming more and more important at the University of Calgary, so we would like to encourage all colleagues to consider applying or nominating a colleague for an award. 

  • Academic Support Offices Grant: Award Package Pathway Preparation - Academic staff are encouraged to use this funding to hire a graduate or undergraduate student as a research assistant to help prepare and assemble an award package. 

Application deadline for this support grant: Ongoing and based on availability of funds.

The application for the grants is available here and you can contact the Associate Deans in the Academic Support Offices for more information about this grant opportunity: Sylvie Roy for Research & Leadership Awards, Barb Brown for Teaching & Learning Awards, and Colleen Kawalilak for International & EDI Awards.