Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nominated by faculty and students, the award recognizes these educators’ excellence and dedication, and their ability to impart knowledge and stimulate learning.


Nominations for Awards for the Excellence in Teaching are now closed.

All continuing full and part-time faculty members (tenured and tenure-track professors, lecturers and lab instructors) who have taught a minimum of five years in a continuing position at SFU shall be eligible for nomination for the Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Nominations may be made by Simon Fraser University students, alumni and/or faculty.

View past award recipients.

Nominations must be sent to:

University Committee for the
Excellence in Teaching Awards
c/o Office of the Vice-President, Academic
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6

or by email to:


Include your name, signature, address, telephone number, and reasons why your nominee is deserving of this award.


The winners of the Awards will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Ability to stimulate students to think creatively and critically
  • Demonstrated caring for student learning
  • Ability to clearly present complex information
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for, and innovation in, teaching
  • Sustained record of excellent teaching
  • Diversity of courses

Award Procedure

The steps to determining winners are listed below:

  • Call for Nominations - yearly deadline: October 15
  • Nominee eligibility is determined
  • Letters are sent to Nominee requesting consent for nomination to stand and access to teaching evaluation record - Deadline: late October
  • Letters to Chairs/Deans requesting supporting documentation - Deadline: early November
  • Letters to Students requesting a teaching evaluation on each of the nominees. Fifty one students taught by each of the nominees are selected (student records from the past six years are obtained from the Institutional Research and Planning department) - Deadline: early November
  • The committee adjudicate the Awards based on the criteria set by the Committee. The 2019 Awards for Excellence in Teaching selection committee members will be posted September 1, 2019.
  • Awards are presented to the winners at the Award Ceremony in February
For more information on the nomination and adjudication of the Excellence in Teaching Awards contact the Vice-President, Academic Office at 778.782.3925 vpacad@sfu.ca