Local Awards

UofW Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching:  The award honours and recognizes distinguished teaching on campus and provides incentive and encouragement for achieving excellence in this field.  All full-time members of the teaching faculty at the University (with a minimum of five consecutive years of teaching at the University of Windsor) are eligible.  Generally, two awards are given, valued at $1,500 each.

UofW Excellence in Mentoring Award:  Established in 2002 and sponsored by Patrick Palmer (Class of 1970).  This Award recognizes faculty who offer personal, academic, and/or professional guidance to students, and make a significant contribution to their all-around development up to and following graduation.  There are up to four awards a year given.  All full-time and retired members of the teaching faculty at the University of Windsor, with a minimum of five consecutive years of teaching at the University of Windsor, are eligible.

OPUS Teacher of the Year:  Initiated in 2006, this award recognizes those professors who demonstrate outstanding dedication to part-time students, helping them achieve academic excellence and greater learning.

WUFA Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award This award is given in honour of Mary Lou Dietz, BA. MA. PhD, who was a faculty member and Dept. Head of Sociology, Anthropology at the University of Windsor.  This honour will be award to a current or previous WUFA member who demonstrates the spirit of equity leadership through their contributions to creating an equity culture on campus.

Alumni Association Odyssey Award:   Awarded to one male and one female instructor at the end of each semester.  The award is student-nominated.  Recipients are awarded at the University of Windsor Student Alliance (UWSA) awards banquet, and are recognized on the wall of achievement at the CAW centre.

UWSA Teacher of the Year Award:  There are two awards given per year, give to one female and one male professor.  This is a student driven award.  Students are encouraged to send in nominations for an outstanding teacher. 

Provinical Awards


Teaching and Academic Librarianship Award:  Each year OCUFA recognizes outstanding teachers and academic librarians in Ontario universities through its Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards.  Since 1973 OCUFA has presented 389 awards. The recipients are selected by the OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards Committee. Approximately 7 awards are presented every year.

OCUFA Service Award:  The OCUFA Service Award was established to honour individuals who have done, or continue to do, exceptional work on behalf of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and its Members.

Status of Women Award of Distinction:  This award is celebrates the outstanding contributions to the advancement of women professors, academic librarians, and other members of academic staff at Ontario universities.  It honours and recognizes the dedication of those whose leadership has helped improve the lives and working conditions of academic women and, by extension, their families, friends, and colleagues. The award recognizes the exceptional people whose efforts to advance the position of academic women have improved the profession.

Lorimer Award:   The Lorimer Award is established in honour of Joyce and Doug Lorimer of the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association and is instituted to honour and recognize outstanding contributions to improving the terms and conditions of employment of Ontario university faculty through bargaining.

National Awards


Academic Librarians’ Distinguished Service Award:  The CAUT Academic Librarians’ Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize outstanding service by academic librarians or faculty who have contributed to the advancement of the status and/or working conditions of academic librarians at Canadian universities and colleges.

CAUT Academic Freedom Award:  CAUT Council created the CAUT Academic Freedom Award to recognize individuals for significant efforts to promote and defend academic freedom in their universities or colleges. Recipients are nominated by their CAUT member association.

Dedicated Service Award:  CAUT Council created the CAUT Dedicated Service Award in 2003 to recognize individuals for exceptional service to their faculty associations. Recipients are nominated by their association and the award is presented at a membership meeting.

Milner Memorial Award:  The Milner Memorial Award was established to recognize a distinguished contribution to the cause of academic freedom.

Excellence in Education Journalism:  Awards for outstanding reporting, to recognize and promote in-depth and thoughtful coverage of issues related to post-secondary education in Canada. Each award is worth $1,000. The application deadline for the 2015 award is February 6, 2016.

Equity Award:  The CAUT Equity Award was established in 2010 to recognize post-secondary academic staff who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to challenging exclusionary behaviours and practices such as racism and homophobia and by so doing have made post-secondary education in Canada more inclusive.

Distinguished Academic Award:  The CAUT Distinguished Academic Award recognizes academics who excel in each of the domains of academic life: teaching, research, service to the institution and to the community.

Donald C. Savage Award: The Donald C. Savage Award was instituted to honour and to recognize outstanding achievements in the promotion of collective bargaining in Canadian universities.

Sarah Shorten Award:  The Sarah Shorten Award was established to recognize outstanding achievements in the promotion of the advancement of women in Canadian universities.

The Bernice Schrank Award:  The Bernice Schrank Award was created in 2013 to recognize outstanding contributions to the enforcement of academic staff workplace rights through grievance/arbitration.

STLHE   Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education       

Alan Blizzard Award:  The Alan Blizzard Award was established to encourage, identify, and publicly recognize those whose exemplary collaboration in university teaching enhances student learning. The Award honours Dr. Alan Blizzard, STLHE President from 1987 to 1995, and his convictions about the effectiveness of collaboration in team teaching for student learning.

3M Teaching Fellowship:  The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and 3M Canada partnered to recognize exceptional contributions to teaching and learning at Canadian universities.  The Fellowship is open to any individual currently teaching at a Canadian university, regardless of discipline, level, or term of appointment.  

Lifetime Achievement Award:  STLHE created this award to honour individuals who have, over their career, made significant contributions to teaching, learning and educational development in Canadian higher education.