The University of Ottawa established the annual Excellence in Education Prizes to recognize educators of exceptional quality, driven by their passion to advance and share knowledge. These leaders in university education are outstanding in the classroom, in the laboratory and in the field and have been recognized by students and peers alike.

Deadline: Monday, April 8, 2024

Selection criteria

Candidates must distinguish themselves in two specific areas, namely:

  • Outstanding teaching, as demonstrated through:
    • Excellent course evaluations by students;
    • Endorsement letters from students;
    • Development of innovative content and incentives that engage students in learning processes;
    • Involvement in the development of new courses, labs, or curriculum;
    • Creativity and impact in pedagogy and/or applications in the development of courses (i.e. online and blended courses);
    • Variety in their offer of courses, small and large groups, undergraduate and graduate.
  • A solid research program, as demonstrated through:
    • Research grants;
    • Awards for research;
    • Publications;
    • Significant contribution to a particular field of research;
    • National and international recognition.

This prize is limited to regular professors. Each recipient will receive a $10,000 grant towards research on innovative teaching practices.



Deans will recommend candidates to the University of Ottawa Excellence in Education Prizes Selection Committee following assessment by the respective faculty's teaching personnel committee (an extract of minutes is to be included with recommendation).

Nominees are chosen within the nominations received by the deadline. Nominations must include:

  • A statement outlining the basis and justification for the nomination (maximum two pages);
  • A copy of the nominee's complete and current curriculum vitae;
  • A copy of the summary of the nominee's teaching evaluations for the previous three academic years (i.e., the A Report – Summary), excluding students' comments;
  • A maximum of four letters of support from colleagues or students (indicate if originally provided for another prize);
  • A short text from the nominee indicating the use that will be made of the funds, more specifically:
    • Project objectives;
    • Timeline;
    • A precise and justified budget;
    • Impact project will have on the broader university teaching community.

Completed nominations are to be submitted to the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs. Please provide our office with one electronic version to [email protected]. Generally, decisions are made within three months.

Should you require additional information, please write to [email protected].