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Arts Awards

glass sculpture with orange swirl

About the Arts Awards

Established in 2012 by Dean of Arts, Doug Peers, the Arts Awards for Service, Teaching and Research recognize exceptional contributions made by faculty, staff and students in the Faculty of Arts. Award recipients are presented with a custom-made glass sculpture at the annual Celebration of Arts reception. This event provides an opportunity to celebrate the many ways in which students, staff and faculty contribute to Arts success.  

Any student, staff or faculty member can forward the names of suggested nominees to the associated department chair, unit head, or nominee’s supervisor. The formal nomination is then submitted by the department chair, unit head, or nominee's supervisor.

Criteria and nominations

Service award | Teaching award | Research award


Arts Award for Excellence in Service

For faculty, staff, and students

In recognition of exceptional service, the Faculty of Arts presents up to three or four Arts Service Awards each year.

Any member of the Faculty of Arts – faculty, staff or student – is eligible. However, these awards are adjudicated by the multi-disciplinary Arts Honours & Awards Committee and 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.

For faculty and staff, the candidate’s supervisor is responsible for the nomination. For students, the nominator will normally be the Undergraduate or Graduate Officer for the student’s major, 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 excellent client services and that benefits the individual’s unit or peers, the Faculty of Arts, or the broader university community; and/or
  • an exceptional level of commitment over as much as the last five years.

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.

Individuals may receive no more than one Arts Service Award every five years.

Nominations for the Arts Teaching, Service, and Research Awards may be submitted by Chairs, Directors, and (in the case of the Service Award) supervisors and Graduate/Undergraduate Officers based in  Faculty of Arts units on the main campus and at UW satellite operations.

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

Please submit Service Award nominations by March 15, 2017, using the Arts Awards nomination web form. Submissions will be received in confidence by Debbie Stanley-Pallas, Dean of Arts Office, dpallas@uwaterloo.ca.


Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching

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:

  • Two to regular faculty members (tenured and tenure-track professors, staff instructors, and definite term or continuing lecturers);
  • One to a sessional instructor; and
  • One to a graduate student instructor, including TAs.

Chairs/Directors are responsible for nominating candidates for the Arts Teaching Awards. Other faculty, staff, and students are invited to bring forward recommendations to the Chair/Director. 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.

Individuals may receive no more than one Arts Teaching Award every five years.

Nominations for the Arts Teaching, Service, and Research Awards may be submitted by Chairs, Directors, and (in the case of the Service Award) supervisors and Graduate/Undergraduate Officers based in Faculty of Arts units on the main University of Waterloo campus. 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 in March, and the announcement/celebration of these awards takes place in the spring of each year. Specific dates are established by the committee on an ongoing basis.

Please submit Teaching Award nominations by March 15, 2017, using the Arts Awards nomination web form. Submissions will be received in confidence by Debbie Stanley-Pallas, Dean of Arts Office, dpallas@uwaterloo.ca.


Arts Award for Excellence in Research

For faculty

In recognition of exceptional research achievement, the Faculty of Arts presents up to two Arts Research Awards each year. Awards will be presented to regular faculty members (tenured or tenure-track) in two categories: social sciences (one award) and humanities and culture (one award, which may be in the area of research-creation). Candidates will be judged on their research achievements over the last five years.

Chairs/Directors are responsible for nominating candidates for the Arts Research Awards. 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 category for which he or she is being nominated (social sciences, or humanities and culture), and, as appropriate, c) discussion of evidence related to areas such as

  • Research achievement in relation 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 Inter-disciplinary 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.

Individuals may receive no more than one Arts Research Award every five years.

Nominations for the Arts Teaching, Service, and Research Awards may be submitted by Chairs, Directors, and (in the case of the Service Award) supervisors and Graduate/Undergraduate Officers based in Faculty of Arts units on the main University of Waterloo campus. 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 in March, and the announcement/celebration of these awards takes place in the spring of each year. Specific dates are established by the committee on an ongoing basis.

Please submit Research Award nominations by March 15, 2017, using the Arts Awards nomination web form. Submissions will be received in confidence by Debbie Stanley-Pallas, Dean of Arts Office, dpallas@uwaterloo.ca.


 

2017 award recipients

Excellence in Teaching

  • Karin Schmidlin, Stratford Campus 
  • Ron Kroeker, Classical Studies
  • Mariam Mufti, Political Science
     

Excellence in Service

  • Ivan Jurakic, Fine Arts
  • Julie Mulvey, Arts Undergraduate Office
  • Andrea West, Stratford Campus
  • Jasmin Habib, Political Science
     

Excellence in Research

  • Derek Besner, Psychology
  • Alice Kuzniar, Germanic and Slavic Studies
     

2016 award recipients

Excellence in Teaching

  • Shannon Dea, Philosophy 
  • Jennifer Schulenberg, Sociology & Legal Studies

Excellence in Service

  • Dylan Ball, Arts Student Union
  • Janice da Silva, Psychology
  • Doreen Fraser, Philosophy
  • Angela Roorda, Arts Research Office
  • Pat Shaw, Economics

Excellence in Research

  • Geoffrey Fong, Psychology
  • Eric Helleiner, Political Science
     

2015 award recipients

  • Jonathan Fugelsang (Psychology), Teaching Award
  • Bessma Momani (Political Science), Teaching Award
  • Tara Collington (French Studies), Service Award
  • Joan Coutu (Fine Arts), Service Award
  • Veronica Kitchen (Political Science), Service Award
  • Sheila McConnell (Master of Public Service program), Service Award
  • Joanne Wood (Psychology), Research Award
     

2014 award recipients

  • Daniel Henstra (Political Science), Service Award
  • Heather Smith (Psychology) Service Award
  • Adam Bradley (English), Teaching Award
  • Michael MacDonald (English), Teaching Award
  • Kanstantsin Tsedryk (French Studies), Teaching Award
  • Andrew Cooper (Political Science), Research Award
  • John Turri (Philosophy), Research Award
     

2013 award recipients

  • Shannon Dea (Philosophy), Service Award
  • Doug Kirton (Fine Arts), Service Award
  • Greg Andres (Philosophy), Teaching Award
  • Christina Vester (Classical Studies), Teaching Award

  • Lois Andison (Fine Arts), Research Award

  • Peter Carrington (Sociology and Legal Studies), Research Award