Distinguished Teacher Awards

The Distinguished Teacher Award, Waterloo's most prestigious teaching accolade, is awarded by the University Senate each year in recognition of a continued record of excellence in teaching at the University of Waterloo. The recipients are chosen by a committee of students, faculty, staff and alumni based on nominations from the university community. 

Distinguished Teaching Award 2016

Katie Plaisance portraitPhilosophy Adjunct Professor, Katie Plaisance (Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies, Knowledge Integration) has been recognized for her excellence and dedication with the honour of the University of Waterloo 2016 Distinguished Teacher Award.

Katie has been a valuable foundational member of the Knowledge Integration program. She is known for being approachable to students and makes herself available to meet outside of class to discuss matters that are affecting them – both personally and academically. One undergraduate student commented that “Katie has the ability to challenge her students while simultaneously building academic confidence. Every student that takes a class with Katie grows as a writer, philosopher, learner, and listener.”

Faculty of Arts Distinguished Teaching Awards 1976-1999