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Call for nominations

University of Ottawa Award for Excellence in Teaching

The University of Ottawa Award for Excellence in Teaching was created in 1976 to recognize one professor each year for outstanding contributions to university teaching.

Sponsored by the University and the Association of Professors (APUO), the Award comprises a $5,000 honorarium, contributed by the sponsors of the award and presented at the Reception for Excellence in Teaching, a framed parchment certificate and a photo portrait of the winner. There will also be a promotional campaign to highlight the recipient’s contributions, his field of expertise and enhance the prestige of the award. Mention also is made of the award, and the winner recognized at fall convocation.


Regular members of the teaching staff (with tenure or on a tenure-track appointment) as well as limited-term replacement professors may be nominated. The nominator should indicate the candidate’s contributions to teaching, broadly defined, such as instructional ability, curriculum development and course design, interpersonal skills and innovative practices.

Activities for which the individual professor is cited should not be limited to those in the current year, but preferably should relate to ongoing activities spanning a period of time.


Any member of the university community may nominate candidates. The Teaching Personnel Committee of each faculty selects the nominations to be forwarded to the Teaching Award Committee and prepares a brief in support of each selected candidate.

The winner of the award is chosen by the Teaching Award Committee, composed of:

  • one member appointed by UOSU
  • one member appointed by the GSAÉD
  • two members appointed by the APUO (normally the two most recent laureates)
  • two members appointed by the President of the University
  • president of APUO, ex-officio, chair of the Committee


Deadline for submissions to the APUO

March 17, 2023