Teaching Excellence Awards

UTM Opportunities

The Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Teaching includes lecturing, involvement in seminars and tutorials, individual and group discussion, laboratory teaching and other means by which students derive educational benefit. Teaching effectiveness is demonstrated by the degree to which the faculty member is able to stimulate and challenge the intellectual ability of students, to communicate academic material effectively and to maintain a mastery of his/her subject areas. It also involves maintaining accessibility to students and the ability to influence the intellectual and scholarly development of students.

The award recipients will receive $3000 for teaching-related initiatives/research.

Award Criteria

The Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards are made on the basis of excellence in teaching in its broadest sense. Excellent teachers typically demonstrate the following qualities: display a mastery of and enthusiasm for the subject area, and have effective communication skills; have been exemplary in one or more areas of teaching; are judged to be "outstanding," rather than merely "very good;" stimulate and challenge students' minds, and encourage their intellectual development; and are interested in and reasonably accessible to students.

The Faculty Teaching Excellence Award competition has three divisions:

  1. Sessional - targeted at Sessional Lecturers and Course Instructors
  2. Junior - targeted at Assistant Professors and early Associate Professors
  3. Senior -  the E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award for Senior Faculty is targeted at senior Associate Professors and full Professors respectively.

Learn more about Teaching Excellence Awards 

University of Toronto Opportunities

The President’s Teaching Award (PTA)

The President’s Teaching Award honours excellence in teaching and significant contributions in educational leadership. I encourage nominations of colleagues whose achievements in these areas are truly outstanding. A selection committee chaired by the Vice-President & Provost will determine the PTA award winners. PTA winners receive an annual professional development allowance of $10,000 for five years.

Nomination guidelines and more information on PTA is found on the Vice-President & Provost website

The Early Career Teaching Award (ECTA)

The Early Career Teaching Award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to student learning, pedagogical engagement, and teaching innovation. This award is open to Assistant Professors in the tenure stream and Assistant Professors in the teaching stream (in continuing positions). Eligible candidates must be within the first six years of their academic appointment, and have completed two years of teaching at the University of Toronto. Up to four awards of $3,000 each will be offered annually.

Nomination guidelines and more information on ECTA is found on the Vice-President & Provost website

The University of Toronto Teaching Fellowships (UTTF)

The University of Toronto Teaching Fellowships provide funds for up to five faculty members in the teaching stream focused on supporting pedagogical innovation and research, and intended to promote emerging leaders. The Fellowship is an opportunity for faculty members to undertake a two-year teaching and learning project centered on either curriculum review or renewal, or course redesign/development, working closely with the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education and the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI).

Each Fellow will have access to a graduate student Research Assistant, providing 280 hours of support over the course of the two-year fellowship. Fellows will also receive up to two course releases over the period of their Fellowship, and an additional $5,000 for professional development and further project support.

More information on UTTF is found on the Vice-President & Provost website