Funding and awards for teaching and learning

As part of SFU’s commitment to recognizing and supporting innovation and experimentation in teaching and learning, the university offers a number of funding sources and awards.

The grants listed below include those delivered by the TLC either alone or in collaboration with SFU partners like the Library, as well as the Teaching and Learning Development Grants, which are facilitated by the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines.

The list of teaching awards includes awards at the institutional and Faculty levels, as well as one important external teaching award.

Teaching and learning grants
 

Teaching and Learning Development Grants

The Teaching and Learning Development Grants (TLDG) program recognizes teaching as a scholarly activity that is informed by research. TLDG projects are faculty-led and designed based on questions faculty have about teaching and learning. TLDG research designs may focus on learning at the course, program or curriculum levels and may employ both quantitative and qualitative research methods. TLDG grants are typically for $6,000, although two-phase grant projects with additional funding are also possible.

Facilitation of the TLDG program is a central activity of the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines (ISTLD).

Open Educational Resources Grants

The Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants provide funding and staff support to SFU faculty members who wish to integrate open educational resources into their courses.

The grants were established with funding from the Office of the Vice-President, Academic, and Provost and are administered jointly by the SFU Library and the TLC. Faculty members may receive up to $5,000 to help them redesign a course to use OER as their primary course material, and to help them adopt and/or adapt open textbooks and other OER for that purpose.

In addition to the funding provided by these grants, staff from the SFU Library and the TLC are available to assist recipients in locating, evaluating and adapting high-quality open resources as an alternative to commercial course materials.

Visit the OER Grants website.

Faculty Inquiry Grants: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Curricula

The Faculty Inquiry Grants: Decolonizing and Indigenizing (DI) Curricula program supports the university-wide initiative of decolonizing and Indigenizing teaching and learning, while challenging the traditional structure of grant programming. The TLC supports DI grant recipients in areas that include, but are not limited to, decolonizing teaching practices; integrating Indigenous ways of knowing into existing curriculum; and developing inclusive and integrative classroom techniques. DI grants are valued at $6,000, and in-kind support can be arranged according to the specific needs of each project.

Visit the Faculty Inquiry Grants: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Curricula web page.

Faculty Inquiry Grants: Student Learning Experience

The Faculty Inquiry Grants: Student Learning Experience program offers one-time funding of up to $6,000 to instructors for discipline-specific projects that inquire into, explore and investigate students’ experiences in the classroom and beyond. This grant program is designed to give instructors an opportunity to develop curricular or co-curricular projects aimed at exploring the student learning experience in their classroom, department and/or Faculty.

Visit the Faculty Inquiry Grants: Student Learning Experience website.

Integrated Learning Technology Development Program

The Integrated Learning Technology Development Program (ILTDP) was established in Fall 2014 through the University Priorities Fund to promote enhanced student learning via the Canvas learning management system. The program has completed its life cycle, and no new funding is available.

SFU teaching 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.