The nomination period for UBCO’s teaching awards are open until January 4.

In less than two months, the nomination period for UBC Okanagan’s Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award will close.

The purpose of this award is for students to nominate a professor and acknowledge their excellence as an educator. The Provost’s website detailing specific awards states that “the purpose of the award is to acknowledge teaching excellence and innovation at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The successful award winner(s) will be exemplary role models who have and will continue to have significant impact on the culture of teaching and learning.”

A professor will only be eligible to win the Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award once in their career at UBCO. Any faculty member who either has a continuing appointment, tenured, or is on the tenure-track is eligible to be nominated. In a given year, there are generally two of these specific awards given out, with the stipulation that the adjudication committee can recommend for only one award to be given out. There is a master plaque on campus with the names of those who have been selected for this award. Additionally, the selected teachers win a cash prize of $3,000.

Dr. Leyton Schnellert (First Image) & Dr. Yang Cao (Second Image) - Previous Winners of the Award.
Dr. Leyton Schnellert (First Image) & Dr. Yang Cao (Second Image) - Previous Winners of the Award.

The selection process examines the educator for their engagement in at least three of the following pillars of teaching. The Provost nomination form describes these pillars as activities to facilitate and support learning (Delivery); Course and/or program design (Design); Scholarship of Teaching (Dissemination); Community engagement (Community); Scholarly reflection and enhancement (Development).

The members of the UBC Okanagan community are invited to nominate professors who they feel are deserving. Anyone from “faculty members, deans, unit heads, field supervisors, alumni and students will be invited to submit nominations.” However, it is important to note that “faculty members may not apply for the Award on their own behalf, although they may provide documentation in their own words as to why they feel they are deserving of the award.”

If you would like to learn more about the award and nomination process, or would like to nominate a professor, click here.