Celebrating Teaching: Awards News and Updates

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Nomination period for the Fall USask Distinguished Teacher Award is open!

Celebrate excellence in teaching, and nominate a colleague! See details below.

Institutional Teaching Awards

Nominations for the Distinguished Teacher Award below must be submitted directly to the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning via email.

The nominations deadline is February 15th and August 15th of each year.

Support/Nominations information

USask Distinguished Teacher Award

Awarded twice annually, at both spring and fall convocations, the USask Distinguished Teacher Award represents the highest level of recognition of teaching excellence at the University of Saskatchewan. 

This award is open to all faculty members at USask.

We expect evidence of excellence in teaching would be gathered over at least five years of teaching, whether at USask or elsewhere. 

Nominations must be submitted by email by Feb 15th or Aug 15th to: 


Nominations for the awards listed below must be submitted directly to the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning. 

Nomination deadline is February 15th of each year, using this submission portal:


Provost’s Outstanding Teacher Award

Open to all tenure-track or continuing status faculty members who are beyond the first five years of their appointment at USask, including faculty who teach only graduate students. 

Provost’s Award for Collaborative Teaching and Learning

Awarded for collaboration by two or more instructors (may also include staff – but must have at least 1 faculty member) in the design and delivery of the project.The collaborative initiative must be curricular and completed more than once.

Provost’s New Teacher Award

Nominees must be tenure-track or continuing status faculty members whose first faculty appointment is at the University of Saskatchewan and who are within the first five years of their appointment. Nominees will still be eligible if they have taught (as a graduate student or sessional lecturer) at USask or elsewhere prior to their initial appointment as a faculty member, so long as their first continuing faculty appointment is at USask. 

Provost’s Graduate Student Teacher Award

For graduate students at any stage in their studies who have assisted teaching or co-taught for at least one academic term, and are registered as students during the term in which they are nominated. 

Provost’s Award for Support of Teaching & Learning

All USask staff members who support course design and delivery, and instruction, who are not faculty, term or sessional instructors (for example: curriculum specialists, student advisors, librarians, career counsellors, and lab support staff). Nominations may come from outside the unit or department in which the nominee is employed. 

Nominations for the Sylvia Wallace Award listed below must be submitted directly to the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning. 

Nomination deadline is February 15th of each year, using this submission portal: 

Sylvia Wallace Sessional Lecturer Award 

This award is for sessional lecturers at USask, including individuals who may be simultaneously studying at the graduate or post-doctoral level. 

College-Level Teaching Awards

Nominations for the Provost's College Awards must be submitted to each College or School first. Each College or School adjudicates their own nominations, then the successful nomination must be sent to the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Nomination deadline to your College or School is February 1st each year.

Nomination deadline for a College or School to submit their successful nomination to the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning is by February 15th of each year using this submission portal:

Provost’s College Teaching Awards

The Provost’s College Teaching Award annually recognizes a teacher in each College or School at the University of Saskatchewan, who has demonstrated teaching excellence. These awards are selected at the College level.

One award may be allotted in each of the following colleges or schools:

  • Agriculture and Bioresources
  • Arts and Science: BA, BMus, or BFA Programs
  • Arts and Science: BSc Programs
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Edwards School of Business
  • Engineering
  • Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, School of Environment and Sustainability, and School of Public Health
  • Kinesiology
  • Law
  • Medicine and School of Rehabilitation Science
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy and Nutrition
  • Veterinary Medicine


Provincial and National Teaching Awards

Educators at USask are eligible under most circumstances to apply for the following national teaching awards. In each case, institutional support of a nomination is required. For more information about these awards and the nomination process, contact awards_gmctl@usask.ca.