Internal Awards & Grants

This page contains information about the following teaching awards:


The President’s University-Wide Teaching Awards

The President’s University-Wide Teaching Awards (PUWTA) honour those individuals who, through innovation and commitment, have significantly enhanced the quality of learning for York students. Four awards are offered each year in the following categories:

  • Full-time faculty with 10 or more years of teaching experience;
  • Full-time faculty (tenured, tenure-stream, contractually limited appointments) with less than 10 years of experience;
  • Contract and adjunct faculty;
  • Teaching assistants.

The purpose of these awards is to provide significant recognition for excellence in teaching, to encourage its pursuit, to publicize such excellence when achieved across the University and in the wider community, and to promote informed discussion of teaching and its improvement.The awards demonstrate the value York University attaches to teaching.

Recipients of the awards, selected by the Senate Committee on Awards, receive $3,000, have their names engraved on the University-Wide Teaching Awards plaques in Vari Hall and are recognized at convocation ceremonies. Nominations can be submitted by faculty, students or alumni.

See the Eligibility and Criteria for the President’s University Wide Teaching Awards (PUWTA)

Note: Only online nominations for the 2017 PUWTA submitted by 5pm EST on Jan. 30, 2017, will be accepted.


Each year, Contract Faculty are eligible to apply for grants through the CUPE 3903 Unit 2 Teaching Development Fund. The fund is intended to assist “contract faculty to develop a new program of study, new courses and teaching materials, and/or their teaching skills.” Based on criteria specified in Article 15.18 of the Unit 2 Collective Agreement, each year the following grants are allocated:

  • Two Major grants each in the amount of one full Course Directorship
  • Five Minor grants in the amount of $2,500 each

Application form and eligibility criteria for the CUPE 3903 teaching development grant.


Awards from the Teaching-Learning Development Fund will support projects which have the potential to make significant curricular or methodological contributions to teaching and learning at York, or which enable faculty to enhance their own teaching skills.  Awards of up to $2,500 are available to individuals, or up to $5,000 for group projects.  All members of the YUFA bargaining unit are eligible to apply, except members of the Joint Committee on Teaching – Learning Development Grants. More information on the YUFA Teaching-Learning Development Fund web site or contact YUFA at 416-736-5236.



Release-Time Teaching Fellowships are intended to provide recipients with the opportunity to develop innovative teaching and learning projects or to enhance their own teaching skills (as opposed to disciplinary competence), when such development or enhancement could not take place in the context of a full teaching load.   This program is available to all members of the YUFA bargaining unit and is adjudicated by the Joint Committee on Release – time Teaching Fellowships. Individuals may apply for a reduction of up to half their normal course load, and Faculties will be reimbursed for release time at part-time rates, with the understanding that the funds provided will be made available to the applicant’s home unit. More information is available on the YUFA Release-Time Teaching Fellowships web site or contact YUFA at 416-736-5236.

Teaching Awards by Faculty

Faculty of Education

Undergraduate Teaching Award – Faculty of Education

Faculty of Environmental Studies

Dean’s Teaching Award – Faculty of Environmental Studies

School of the Arts Media, Performance and Design

Teaching Development Grants and Teaching Awards – School of the Arts Media, Performance and Design


Principal’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Faculty Teaching Award – Faculty of Graduate Studies

Faculty of Health

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (Early Career)
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (Established Career)

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence – Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Osgoode Hall Law School

Osgoode Hall Law School Teaching Awards

  • Full-time Senior Faculty
  • Full-time Faculty
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Osgoode Professional LLM Faculty

Schulich School of Business

Schulich Teaching Excellence Awards – Schulich School of Business

Faculty of Science

Excellence in Teaching Awards – Faculty of Science

Lassonde School of Engineering

Educator of the Year – Lassonde School of Engineering