Funding and awards for teaching and learning

Grants

As part of SFU’s commitment to recognizing and supporting innovation and experimentation in teaching and learning, the university offers a number of grant programs for faculty members and other staff.

These institution-wide programs are administered by the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines (ISTLD). Currently, the following grant programs are active:

  • Disrupting Colonialism Through Teaching
  • Exploring Well-being in Learning Environments
  • Faculty Inquiry Grants: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Curricula 
  • Faculty Inquiry Grants: Student Learning Experience
  • Inquiring into Your Multilingual Classroom
  • Open Educational Resource Grants
  • Teaching and Learning Development Grants

Complete information about all of these programs can be found on the ISTLD Grant Programs page.

Teaching awards

The university and various Faculties also sponsor awards to recognize and celebrate exceptional teaching and teachers. Below are the major awards.

VP Academic

SFU Excellence in Teaching Award

Since 1982, three faculty members per year have received SFU's Excellence in Teaching Award. Nominations are accepted in October each year. Nomination criteria and policies and a list of committee members are available on the website of the VP Academic.

View profiles of SFU's Excellence in Teaching Award recipients in the SFU Gallery of Teaching Excellence.

Beedie School of Business

TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Awards

Up to two awards are presented each year to instructors teaching in the undergraduate or graduate programs of the Beedie School of Business.  

See this link for more information about this award and the nomination process.

Faculty of Applied Sciences

Faculty of Applied Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching

See this link for an example of past winners.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Cormack Teaching Award

The Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences presents up to four Cormack Teaching Awards annually, one each at the ranks of lecturer (or senior lecturer), assistant professor, associate professor and full professor.

See this link for more information about this award and the nomination process.

Faculty of Education

Award for Excellence in Scholarly Teaching

This $1,000 award is offered to recognize and showcase excellence in scholarly teaching among faculty members, faculty associates and instructors in the Faculty of Education.

See this link for more information about this award and the nomination process.

Faculty of SCIENCE

Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Awards

The Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Awards recognize two faculty members and two graduate students from the Faculty of Science each year. 

See this link for an example of past winners. 

External teaching awards

3M National Teaching Fellowships

SFU is home to several recipients of 3M National Teaching Fellowships. See the fellowship web page for information about this award.

View profiles of SFU’s 3M Teaching Fellows in the SFU Gallery of Teaching Excellence.