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Internal Teaching Awards

At the University of Waterloo, more than 150 faculty members have received the Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA) in recognition of their excellent teaching. Follow the links below to learn more about the DTA and other internal teaching awards offered at the University of Waterloo. 

University-wide teaching awards

Distinguished Teacher Awards

The Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA) honours university instructors who have demonstrated excellence in teaching at the University of Waterloo. Open to all who teach students at Waterloo, the DTA is not limited to those holding faculty appointments. Four recipients are announced each year in March.

Amit & Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student

Open to all students who have a formal teaching role at the University of Waterloo, the Amit & Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student recognizes four outstanding student instructors each year. 

Certificate in University Teaching Award

The Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) Award is given annually to a graduate student who shows a strong commitment to their development as a university teacher and demonstrates the highest achievement on completion of the CUT program.

Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) Online Teaching Awards

The University of Waterloo’s Online Teaching Awards recognize teaching and course design excellence in fully online undergraduate- or graduate-level courses and programs. There are two awards: the Award for Excellence in Online Course Design and the Award for Excellence in Online Teaching.

Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision

The Graduate Studies Office in collaboration with the Graduate Student Association established this award to recognize exemplary faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in graduate student supervision. Normally, three faculty members will be recognized annually. The winners receive $1,000 (taxable) and are recognized at Spring Convocation.

Faculty-specific teaching awards

Not all faculties at the University of Waterloo offer a teaching award. Please note that the list below may not be exhaustive. 

University of Waterloo instructors have also received Leadership in Faculty Teaching Awards (LIFT), but this program is no longer active. 

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

The CTE Blog