Distinguished Teacher Award
The Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA) is received by teachers from the University of Waterloo who are evaluated based on evidence of intellectual vigour and communication skills in the interpretation and presentation of the subject matter in more than just the classroom, along with the instructor’s human quality and concern for and sensitivity to the needs of the students. More information about the DTA, including how to nominate an instructor, can be found on the Centre for Teaching Excellence website.
Distinguished Teacher Award Recipients
|Rick Marta & Cynthia Richard||Physics & Astronomy/Chemistry & Pharmacy|
|2014||Kashif Memon||Science and Business|
|2012||Firas Mansour||Physics and Astronomy|
|2010||Robert Mann||Physics and Astronomy|
|2004||Lyndon Jones & Jane Lang||Optometry and Vision Science & Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|2004||Wing-Ki Liu||Physics and Astronomy|
|1999||Rohan Jayasundera||Physics and Astronomy|
|1998||Emil Frind||Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|1996||Bill Diehl-Jones; Morton Globus & John Smith||Biology; Biology & Physics and Astronomy|
|1995||Desmond Hemming||Physics and Astronomy|
|1990||Niels Bols & Alan Morgan||Biology & Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|1988||Anthony Anderson||Physics and Astronomy|
|1987||Donald Irish & Marlee Spafford||Chemistry & Optometry and Vision Science|
|1986||John Greenhouse||Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|1983||David Williams||Optometry and Vision Science|
|1976||Raj Pathria||Physics and Astronomy|
Excellence in Science Teaching Award
The Excellence in Science Teaching Award (ESTA) is awarded annually to a maximum of two instructors who have demonstrated sustained, high quality teaching in their undergraduate or graduate courses. The ESTA award was established to recognize and reward excellence in teaching and outstanding instructors within the Faculty of Science.
Excellence in Science Teaching Award Recipients
|2023||Julie Goll (Chemistry) and Sarah Ruffell (Biology)|
|2022||Keith Delaney (Earth and Environmental Sciences) and Stefan Idziak (Physics and Astronomy)|
|2021||Lisa Christian (Optometry and Vision Science) and Brenda Lee (Physics and Astronomy)|
|2020||Laura Deakin (Chemistry) and Nardine Nakhla (Pharmacy)|
|2019||Natalie Hutchings (Optometry and Vision Science) and Marcel Pinheiro (Biology)|
|2018||Kristine Dalton (Optometry and Vision Science) and Rick Marta (Chemistry/Physics and Astronomy)|
|2017||Michael Beazely (Pharmacy) and Richard Epp (Physics and Astronomy)|
|2016||Mónica Barra (Chemistry) and Kirsten M. Müller (Biology)|
|2015||Andrea Edginton (Pharmacy) and Bill Power (Chemistry)|
|2014||Patricia Hrynchak (Optometry and Vision Science) and Josh Neufeld (Biology)|
|2013||Christine Dupont (Biology) and Steve Forsey (Chemistry)|
|2012||Kashif Memon (Science and Business) and Cynthia Richard (Pharmacy)|
|2011||Jake Fisher (Chemistry) and Jonathan Witt (Biology)|
Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award
Every year, University of Waterloo undergraduate students have the opportunity to recognize professors that have shown outstanding contribution towards undergraduate learning. Recipients have employed non-conventional teaching techniques, allowed opportunities for experiential learning and shown a long term commitment and dedication towards ensuring academic success for undergraduate students.
Amit & Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student
The Amit & Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student were established through a generous gift by Dr. & Mrs. Chakma to recognize and promote teaching excellence of our next generation of educators. Prior to 2006, it was named the Distinguished Teaching by a Registered Student Award. More information about this award can be found on the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website.
Amit & Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student Recipients
|2022||Urja Nandivada & Justin Shmordok||Physics and Astronomy & Chemistry|
|2021||Melanie Mungalsingh & Quinn Worthington||Optometry and Vision Science & Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|2020||Dania Abuleil & Amy Chow||Optometry and Vision Science (both)|
|2019||Marcus Abramovitch & Heidi Fernandes||Chemistry & Pharmacy|
|2017||Lay Ling Tan||Chemistry|
|2012||Keith Delaney||Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|2000||James Benson||Physics and Astronomy|
Canadian Association of Physicists Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics
The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Medal for Excellence in Teaching honours faculty members who have a comprehensive knowledge and deep understanding of their subject and who possess the ability to communicate their knowledge and understanding in such a way as to lead their students to high academic achievement in physics.
Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Teaching Excellence Award
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) Teaching Excellence Award recognizes educators who excel at unlocking the potential of Ontario’s young people. OUSA annually presents its teaching awards to professors from each of our member campuses who have taken this role to heart, and who have been selected by their students as examples of teaching excellence.
- Brenda Lee (Physics and Astronomy), 2019
Leadership in Faculty of Teaching Award
The LIFT Award was developed to recognize and encourage teaching excellence at Ontario's colleges and universities. This award has been given out to faculty who influence, motivate and inspire students and demonstrate leadership in teaching methods for the diverse student body in Ontario.
- Rohan Jayasundera (Physics and Astronomy), 2007
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Awards
The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards recognize individuals with exceptional contributions to the higher education community.
- Donald Irish (Chemistry), 1987