Renison University College grants honours to deserving individuals for their work and dedication to the College and to our wider community. Many of these honours are bestowed each year at the annual Founders' Day celebrations at the College.
Members of the regular faculty of Renison University College, the University of Waterloo, and its other federated and affiliated institutions, are eligible to receive the designation of Senior Fellow of Renison University College. The nominee must have made a substantial and noteworthy contribution to Renison University College, to his or her field, and/or to the community at large.
Honorary Senior Fellow
The Honorary Senior Fellowship is Renison University College’s equivalent to honorary doctorates awarded by degree-granting universities. It is granted to persons who have distinguished themselves in the wider community through their contributions to one or more of the following: Renison, the University of Waterloo, the Anglican Church, the wider community of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, or the world, and may have some affinity with the College. This honour may also be granted to persons who have served as volunteers for the College.
Honorary Membership is normally granted to members of the staff of Renison University College, the University of Waterloo, or the other Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo. The nominee must have made noteworthy contributions to Renison over an extended period of time during his or her employment at the College, the University of Waterloo, or the other university/colleges on campus.
Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award
The designation of Distinguished Alumnus or Alumna is granted to persons who, having graduated from academic programs administered by the College OR lived in residence at Renison for two terms within one academic year, have pursued and gained notable recognition in a subsequent career.
Teaching Excellence Award
The Teaching Excellence Award recognizes excellent teaching in a given year for presenters of at least one credit course offered by Renison University College. The nominee for this award must have received excellent teaching evaluations from the Principal, for teaching in at least one credit course offered by the College. Other indicators of teaching excellence may be cited, including, but not exclusively, performance in formal or informal tutorial situations, preparation and use of outstanding teaching materials, etc.
Chancellor and President Emeritus
Upon the completion of their service at Renison University College, a Chancellor or President may be provided by the Board of Governors with the honorary designation of Chancellor Emeritus or President Emeritus. This designation is not automatic but granted only after approval by the Board of Governors. This designation is to be a rare honour bestowed for the most significant and noteworthy service to the College.
Nominations may only be made by a member of the Board of Governors.
The designation of Professor Emeritus of Renison University College shall be granted to members of the regular faculty of the College automatically upon retirement, regardless of rank, and continue for life. The designation carries no duties or obligations on the part of the individual or on the part of Renison University College.
The designation of ‘Founder’ has only been granted to those whose names appear on the incorporating Letters Patent of the College. This honour is no longer granted.
Insignia: Badge of the College within a circular border of dark blue, upon which is inscribed in gold the name and motto of the College, suspended from a dark blue ribbon.