External Teaching Awards

External awards offer recipients the unique opportunity to contribute to broad educational change through participation in cross-disciplinary educational conferences and forums. The five awards listed below are well-recognized in Canada and beyond. Each award program seeks to honour outstanding instructors and to raise the profile of excellence in teaching.


Alan Blizzard Award: A biennial award recognizing collaborative teaching initiatives.

Reimagine Education Awards: A series of annual awards with multiple categories, including teaching delivery, innovation in hybrid learning, and more. 

D2L Innovation Award: An annual award recognizing innovative approaches to teaching with a flexible definition of innovation.

OCUFA Teaching Award: An annual provincial award recognizing Ontario’s exemplary instructors who are also educational scholars and leaders.

3M National Teaching Fellowship: An annual national award recognizing Canada’s exemplary instructors who are also educational scholars and leaders.

Nomination deadlines

It can be difficult to determine which award is the right fit for a nominee or nominees. Click on one of the following resources to navigate the five external award programs.  

More resources

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

Effective Letters for Teaching Award Nominations, a CTE Blog post by Trevor Holmes

The CTE Blog