Teaching Awards

Internal and external teaching awards recognize teaching excellence at UBC

Internal teaching awards

Open Educational Resource Excellence and Impact Awards

The Open Educational Resource (OER) Excellence and Impact Awards are teaching and learning awards that recognize outstanding work done by faculty at both UBC campuses who materially advance the use and impact of open educational resources in credit courses at UBC. The award program consists of one individual and one team-based award of $5,000 each year per campus (four total awards). In addition to the monetary award, recipients will also be invited to UBC’s annual celebration of teaching excellence.

Faculty Teaching Awards

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


Killam Prizes

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.

The deadline for the UBC Vancouver Deans’ offices and the UBC Okanagan Provost’s office to submit their 2023/24 Killam Teaching Prize recipients’ names and citations is March 15, 2024, to kate.carr@ubc.ca.

The announcement of the 2023/24 recipients of the Killam Teaching Prize will be made in April 2024.

Killam Teaching Prize winners

Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards

In recognition of the valuable role that Graduate Teaching Assistants play in our programs, UBC annually honours GTAs with the Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Up to 19 winners are selected each spring. Successful candidates have met criteria that demonstrate teaching excellence and a high level of esteem for the candidate from undergraduate students and supervisors. The adjudication for this award takes place within the Faculties.

The 2023-24 award recipients' names are now listed below:     

Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award Winners

Nominations for the 2024-25 cohort will open in January 2025 and Deans will be notified.  Please watch this space for the announcement. 

Preparing the Nomination

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

External Teaching Awards

The Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic supports faculty submissions with the following external awards:

3M National Teaching Fellowship

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.

West Coast Teaching Excellence Awards

The West Coast Teaching Excellence Award, hosted by the British Columbia Teaching and Learning Council (BC and Yukon), recognizes excellence in postsecondary teaching over a number of years, primarily at the undergraduate level.




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

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

Contact for the UBC Killam Teaching Prize

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

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