Teaching awards celebrate teaching that has lasting, positive effects on students and deepens student learning. Nominate an instructor or colleague and honour their approach to teaching excellence.

University of Waterloo teaching awards

External teaching awards 

Visit our External Awards page to learn more about each of the five major external teaching awards and to find out how we can help you submit a nomination. 

Prestigious external teaching awards honour excellence in teaching and leadership and raise the profile of excellence in teaching at Waterloo. External awards also offer recipients the unique opportunity to contribute to broad educational change through participation in cross-disciplinary educational conferences and forums. 


Contact Trevor Holmes for more information about the Distinguished Teacher Awards and the Amit and Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student. For support for external teaching award nominations, contact Alisa Sivak

More resources

Writing Winning Nominations  Reflections on successful academic award nominations by Cathy Matthews and Andrea Buchholz (PDF)

Effective Letters for Teaching Award NominationsA CTE Blog post by Trevor Holmes

Call for proposals! Teaching and Learning Conference

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