Teaching awards

These internal and external teaching awards recognize teaching excellence at UBC.

Internal teaching awards

As one of six Killam institutions, UBC offers yearly awards from the Killam Endowment Fund to faculty and teaching assistants who demonstrate excellence in teaching.

To see the complete list of Killam prizes awarded at UBC, visit Killam Awards and Fellowships.

Killam Teaching Prize

The Killam Teaching Prize is awarded annually to faculty nominated by students, colleagues and alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching. Recipients are recognized at the graduation ceremonies.

The Killam Teaching Prize is adjudicated within each Faculty at the UBC Vancouver campus, and within the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic at the UBC Okanagan campus. Contact the appropriate UBC Vancouver Dean's Office or the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Okanagan for nomination procedures and internal deadlines.

Deadline for the UBC Vancouver Deans and UBC Okanagan to submit the 2021-22 recipients’ names and citations to the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Vancouver (via e-mail to kate.carr@ubc.ca) is March 11, 2022. Citations must be no longer than 100 words.

Killam Teaching Prize winners

Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring

The Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring recognizes one senior and one mid-career faculty member’s outstanding ability to foster the intellectual, professional and personal development of graduate students.

Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring winners

Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards

In recognition of the valuable role that Teaching Assistants play in our programs, UBC annually honours GTAs with the Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. The number of honorees is being increased to 19 in 2022.  Successful candidates will have met criteria that demonstrate a high level of respect for the candidate from undergraduate students and supervisors.  The UBC Killam GTA Award adjudication takes place within Faculties. 

Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award Winners

Nominations are currently open and the deadline is March 4, 2022.  Please see the Call for Nominations.  The winners' names will be posted here in early April 2022.   

Faculty Teaching Awards

Each UBC Faculty offers its own internal teaching awards or recognitions. Please visit your faculty website or consult your Dean’s Office for information about these opportunities.

External Teaching Awards 

The Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic maintains a directory of some of the many major external teaching awards available. The following are examples of awards that have been received by UBC faculty members:  

3M National Teaching Fellowship, Society for Teaching + Learning in Higher Education

The 3M National Teaching Fellowship recognizes exceptional contributions to teaching and learning at Canadian universities. The community of 3M National Teaching Fellows embodies the highest ideals of teaching excellence and scholarship with a commitment to encourage and support the educational experience of every learner. 

The nomination process for 2022 has commenced in September 2021. Recognizing that UBC has many faculty members who are most worthy of this prestigious recognition, the Provost Office strongly encourages the nomination of colleagues from Faculties and Schools. All nominees or nominating parties are asked to consult Dr. Simon Bates, who will offer advice on the process and the nomination package, and can assist with preparation of the support letter for the Provost & VP Academic’s signature. Simon can be reached at: simon.bates@ubc.ca

Future 3M nominees and nominators are encouraged to visit the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology’s website, for information on 1-1 consultations, sample dossiers and application advice from recent UBC 3M National Teaching Fellows. 

Updated Deadline: Nomination packages should be sent to the Office of the Provost and VP Academic by Friday, December 10​​​​​, 2021.Following sign-off by the Provost, the package will be returned to the Faculty who must then submit it directly to the competition.

UBC's 3M National Teaching Fellows
Watch the STLHE information session on the 3M National Teaching Fellowship

Canadian Psychological Association, Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education + Training in Psychology in Canada

The Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology in Canada is presented to CPA Members or Fellows who have made a significant contribution to these areas.

College of Registered Nurses of B.C., Award of Excellence in Education

The Award of Excellence in Education recognizes nurses for their outstanding contributions to the profession and demonstrating excellence in relation to the CRNBC Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Program Director of the Year

The Program Director of the Year Award is given annually to a program director who has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing residency education as evidenced by innovation and impact beyond his/her program.

Association of Professional Engineering and Geoscientists of BC, President's Award for Teaching Excellence
Canadian Association of Law Teachers, Prize for Academic Excellence
Online Learning Consortium, Awards for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning
North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, Teacher Recognition Awards
Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry, Bisco National Dental Teaching Award
Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences, Mentorship Medal

Selina Fast, Executive Assistant to the Vice-Provost & Associate VP Academic Affairs

Tel: 604.822.5611  |  Email: selina.fast@ubc.ca

Contact for the Killam Teaching Prize

Kate Carr, Executive Assistant to the Vice-Provost and AVP Faculty Planning

Tel: 604.822.1288  |  Email: kate.carr@ubc.ca



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