Research is ultimately a public endeavour: faculty members strive to publish their research in order to share their findings, and with those publications come both recognition and reward. In contrast, teaching is -- in a sense-- a private activity, at least when it comes to one's colleagues: most instructors have little idea of what their colleagues do in their classrooms (or in their online courses), or whether they are especially good at it. Teaching Awards serve to bring teaching out of this "collegial obscurity." Teaching awards recognize and celebrate instructors whose teaching practice is both exemplary and inspiring.
At the University of Waterloo, more than 120 University of Waterloo faculty members have received awards in recognition of their excellent teaching.
Awards open to Faculty Members
|Distinguished Teacher Awards||1st Friday in February|
|OCUFA Awards||May 23|
|3M Awards||August 31|
|Excellence in Science Teaching Award||2nd Friday in February|
|Faculty of Mathematics Awards for Distinction in Teaching||May 31|
Awards open to Graduate Students
|Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student||2nd Friday in February|
|Certificate in University Teaching Award||No deadline|
University of Waterloo instructors have also received Leadership in Faculty Teaching Awards (LIFT), but this program is no longer active.