Teaching Awards


Teaching awards recognize and celebrate instructors whose teaching practice is both exemplary and inspiring. They offer campus communities the opportunity to commend the work of instructors whose teaching has lasting, positive effects on students and can help raise the profile of approaches to teaching that have demonstrable results in enhanced student learning and engagement.

Award types

  • Internal teaching awards are administered by units and departments at the University of Waterloo and include the institution-wide Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA).
  • External teaching awards recognize teaching excellence across disciplines at the provincial, national, and international level. These major external awards provide recipients the opportunity to participate in discipline- and border-crossing conversations about higher education. External teaching award programs are administered by organizations like the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Frequently asked questions

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