Arts Awards for Excellence in Service, Teaching, and Research

Arts Award glass sculptures

About Arts Awards

Established in 2012 by then-dean Doug Peers, the Arts Awards for Excellence in Service, Teaching and Research recognize exceptional contributions made by faculty, staff, and students in the Faculty of Arts. With 82 members of the community already holding an award, 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the Arts Awards.

Congratulations to the latest recipients!

2022 Excellence in Service

  • Bill Eickmeier (Psychology)
  • Carla Fehr (Philosophy)
  • Elizabeth Rogers (Dean of Arts Office)
  • Michaela Tatu (Arts Undergraduate Office)

2022 Excellence in Teaching

  • Ramona Bobocel (Psychology)
  • Katherine Bruce-Lockhart (History)
  • Mark Dolson (Anthropology)
  • Megan Selinger (English Language and Literature)

2022 Excellence in Research

  • Naila Keleta-Mae (Communication Arts)
  • Emmett Macfarlane (Political Science)
  • Nicole Nolette (French Studies)
  • Katherine White (Psychology)

Nomination process

Formal nominations are the responsibility of department chairs, school directors, and supervisors. However, anyone can suggest a nominee: faculty, staff, and students in Arts are encouraged to submit the names of potential nominees using the Arts Awards Suggestion Box, and these suggestions will be directed in confidence to the appropriate nominator for consideration.

Arts Award for Excellence in Service — criteria

For faculty, staff, and students

In recognition of exceptional service, the Faculty of Arts presents up to four Arts Service Awards each year. The adjudication committee will seek to ensure that the full range of service provided by members of the Arts community is recognized in its selections. 

For faculty and staff, the candidate’s Chair/Director or supervisor is responsible for preparing and submitting nominations (or co-signing and submitting worthy nominations originating from another party). For students, the nominator will normally be the Undergraduate or Graduate Officer for the student’s major, the ASU or GSA president, or another significant faculty or staff contact. A nomination package will include the candidate’s full CV (for tenured and tenure-track faculty only) and a letter of nomination (of no more than 750 words) incorporating evidence of:

  • a specific, high-impact project or initiative, or impact that goes substantially beyond the usual standard of excellence that benefits the individual’s unit or peers, the Faculty of Arts, or the broader university community; and/or
  • an exceptional level of commitment and impact, sustained over a significant period of time.

Nominators are encouraged to keep nominations confidential. Best practice will be for Chairs/Directors to solicit updated CVs from all faculty members on an annual cycle rather than individually soliciting nominee CVs.

Nominations for the Arts Teaching, Service, and Research Awards may be submitted by Chairs, Directors, and staff supervisors (as well as some specified others for the Service and Teaching Awards) based in Faculty of Arts units on the main University of Waterloo campus and at UW Arts satellite operations. These awards are adjudicated by the multi-disciplinary Arts Honours & Awards Committee. Sitting members of this committee are ineligible for these awards. While holding their administrative positions, Chairs/Directors, Associate Deans, and the Dean are also ineligible.

The nomination deadline for all Arts Awards is March 31, and the announcement of these awards takes place in the later spring of each year. Specific dates are established by the committee on an ongoing basis.

Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching — criteria

For faculty, sessional instructors, and graduate students

In recognition of exceptional teaching, the Faculty of Arts presents up to four Arts Teaching Awards each year to faculty members (tenured and tenure-track professors, staff instructors, and definite term or continuing lecturers), sessional instructors, and/or graduate student instructors, including TAs.  The adjudication committee will seek to ensure that the full range of Arts instructors is recognized in its selections.

Chairs/Directors are responsible for preparing and submitting nominations (or co-signing and submitting worthy nominations originating from another party). A nomination package will include the candidate’s full CV (for tenured and tenure-track faculty only) and a letter of nomination (of no more than 750 words) outlining the candidate’s teaching effectiveness, demonstrated by appropriately contextualized information from course evaluations and/or other relevant indicators. Where appropriate, and depending on the nature of the teaching appointment, nomination letters may also address the following:

  • Proven consistency in teaching excellence over time, and between different levels and course sizes;
  • Implementation of new and varied approaches related to course development; structure and delivery; and/or
  • Mentoring of colleagues and graduate students for the purpose of promoting better teaching.

Nominators are encouraged to keep nominations confidential. Best practice will be for Chairs/Directors to solicit updated CVs from all faculty members on an annual cycle rather than individually soliciting nominee CVs.

Nominations for the Arts Teaching, Service, and Research Awards may be submitted by Chairs, Directors, and staff supervisors (as well as some specified others for the Service and Teaching Awards) based in Faculty of Arts units on the main University of Waterloo campus and at UW Arts satellite operations. These awards are adjudicated by the multi-disciplinary Arts Honours & Awards Committee. Sitting members of this committee are ineligible for these awards. While holding their administrative positions, Chairs/Directors, Associate Deans, and the Dean are also ineligible.

The nomination deadline for all Arts Awards is March 31, and the announcement of these awards takes place in the later spring of each year. Specific dates are established by the committee on an ongoing basis.

Arts Award for Excellence in Research — criteria

For faculty

In recognition of exceptional research achievement, the Faculty of Arts presents up to four Arts Research Awards each year. Awards will be presented to regular faculty members (tenured or tenure-track) only.  The adjudication committee will seek to ensure that the full spectrum of Arts research (social sciences, humanities, languages, culture/research-creation, interdisciplinary) is recognized in its selections.  Nominations may be submitted for junior researchers, mid-career researchers, and/or senior researchers (and candidates’ achievement will be assessed in relation to their peers at the same career stage).

Chairs/Directors are responsible for preparing and submitting nominations (or co-signing and submitting worthy nominations originating from other parties). A nomination package will include the candidate’s full CV and a letter of nomination (of no more than 750 words) indicating a) the candidate’s career stage (junior, mid-career, or senior), b) the type of research they conduct (e.g., social sciences, humanities, culture/research-creation, etc.), and, as appropriate, c) discussion of evidence related to areas such as

  • Research achievement in comparison to peers at the same career stage;
  • Quantity and quality of research contributions in the context of the candidate’s discipline;
  • Success in securing research grants, awards, and/or prizes;
  • Disciplinary or interdisciplinary impact;
  • Leadership in research teams, networks, and/or centres; and/or
  • Research impact and success in communicating research findings to audiences outside of academia.

Nominators are encouraged to keep nominations confidential. Best practice will be for Chairs/Directors to solicit updated CVs from all faculty members on an annual cycle rather than individually soliciting nominee CVs.

Nominations for the Arts Teaching, Service, and Research Awards may be submitted by Chairs, Directors, and staff supervisors (as well as some specified others for the Service and Teaching Awards) based in Faculty of Arts units on the main University of Waterloo campus and at UW Arts satellite operations. These awards are adjudicated by the multi-disciplinary Arts Honours & Awards Committee. Sitting members of this committee are ineligible for these awards. While holding their administrative positions, Chairs/Directors, Associate Deans, and the Dean are also ineligible.

The nomination deadline for all Arts Awards is March 31, and the announcement of these awards takes place in the later spring of each year. Specific dates are established by the committee on an ongoing basis.