Awards

UBC offers a number of recognition awards to faculty members and graduate students who demonstrate excellence in teaching and research.

The UBC Killam Prize committee adjudicates the Killam Teaching Prize and the Killam Teaching Assistant Prize within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS). LFS can award one Teaching Prize and one Teaching Assistant Prize every second year (2016, 2018, etc).

The Killam Teaching Prize is awarded to acknowledge outstanding teaching and learning contributions made by teaching faculty in LFS. The Killam Teaching Assistant Prize is awarded to an outstanding Teaching Assistant who has demonstrated ongoing dedication to and improvement in teaching.

Killam Teaching Prize for Faculty

Faculty Teaching Prize Criteria

Among the criteria taken into consideration will be sustained teaching excellence, the ability to motivate students and stimulate critical thinking, and development of innovative approaches to teaching methodology and curricula.

Eligibility

UBC LFS faculty members, including lecturers and sessional lecturers, appointed for a minimum of three years in any of the Faculty’s programs are eligible to be nominated for the prize. Award winners within the last six years may not be nominated (see recent winners below).

Nominations are made by a letter of nomination from students, alumni and/or faculty submitted to: Melanie Train melanie.train@ubc.ca

The nomination letter must include reasons for nominating this candidate, and one or more examples of her/his excellent teaching practice. Nominations for the 2016 prize must be received by October 11, 2015. [Nominations are accepted at any time, but submissions after the deadlines will be considered for the subsequent prize]. Once nominated, the candidate will be contacted and is expected to coordinate the gathering of the supporting documents listed below.

Selection Process

The prizes will be awarded on recommendation of a committee of faculty and students appointed by the Dean of Land and Food Systems. The Killam Prize committee will consist of a minimum of:

  1. previous prize winner
  2. LFSUS VP academic
  3. Grad student representative
  4. Pre-tenure faculty member
  5. Chair of Peer Review of Teaching Committee
  6. Director of The Learning Centre (chair)

The nominee is responsible for submitting supporting documents for review to the committee, which may include:

  1. student teaching evaluations
  2. teaching dossier
  3. CV
  4. summative peer review of teaching by the PRT committee
  5. letters of support collected by unbiased third party

All documentation must be submitted by February 1, 2016.

Killam Awards for Excellence in Mentoring

These awards recognize one senior and one mid-career faculty members’ outstanding ability to create effective working relationships and constructive interactions that offer appropriate guidance, feedback, and support, and involve encouragement, openness, trust, and mutual respect. The awards will be awarded based on the quality and extent of mentoring of graduate students. Preference will be given to faculty members who have displayed sustained mentorship activity over many years involving many students. The recipients are announced at a Fall convocation.

Killam Teaching Prize for Graduate Instruction

One Killam Teaching Prize is awarded annually to a faculty member in recognition of excellent graduate-level teaching. Candidates may be nominated by colleagues, current graduate students, or alumni. The winner is announced each spring and honoured by the Provost and VP Academic at Spring Congregation in May.

Killam Faculty Research Fellowship ~ Deadline: September 15

These awards are open to full-time faculty with tenure regardless of rank, although preference is given to applicants who are no more than 14 years from receipt of their PhD degree. The purpose is to assist research and study during a recognized study leave. The maximum award is $15,000 plus a $3000 travel and research expense allowance. All fields of research are included.

Killam Faculty Research Prize ~ Deadline: October 1

Up to ten prizes in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to fulltime faculty members in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions – (five awards) in the arts, social sciences and humanities and (five awards) in the sciences, medicine and applied sciences. All fields of research are included.

The Killam Teaching Assistant Prize

The Killam Teaching Assistant prize will be awarded on recommendation of the Killam Prize committee. Teaching assistants can be nominated by their course instructor, peers, student or they can self-nominate. The nomination should be submitted to Melanie Train melanie.train@ubc.ca. Based on previous experience, we expect the deadline for submission of nominations will be early March, 2016.

The Killam Prize committee will review all supporting documentation. Supporting documents must include:

  1. Summary or recent teaching responsibilities including number of students, type of teaching undertaken, hours per week in the classroom, average time spent constructively in consultation with students. If applicable include activities from the preceding year.
  2. A statement of the candidate’s values and assumptions about teaching and learning (less than 1 page).
  3. Any formal feedback from students, colleagues and/ or supervisors
  4. A demonstration of graduate student’s contributions to teaching over time.

For further details, see the 2013/14 Call for Nominations for Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards.

Killam – Donald N. Byers Memorial Prize

In 2002, UBC created an endowed prize in memory of former Killam Trustee, Donald N. Byers. The prize is awarded to the highest-ranking Killam Doctoral Fellow in the annual Affiliated Fellowships competition. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Graduate Studies in consultation with the Affiliated Fellowships adjudication committee.

The Killam Prize Selection Committee (2014)

  • Keely Johnston (LFS Grad Student)
  • Eunice Li-Chan (chair, Peer Review of Teaching committee)
  • Cyprien Lomas (Director, Learning Centre and Assistant Dean, Learning Technologies)
  • Mark Prescott (LFSUS Senator)
  • Aviva Rappoport (LFSUS VP External and Teaching Assistant)
  • Sean Smuckler (faculty member)
  • Karol Traviss, (2012 Killam winner)

NACTA Teaching Award of Merit Nomination ~ Deadline: February

The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Merit recognizes LFS faculty members who demonstrate sustained teaching excellence, the ability to motivate students and stimulate critical thinking, and development of innovative approaches to teaching methodology and curricula.

LFS faculty members, including lecturers and sessional lecturers, appointed for a minimum of three years in any of the Faculty’s programs are eligible to be nominated for the prize. NACTA Award and Killam Teaching Prize recipients within the last six years may not be nominated.

Nominations are made by a letter of nomination from students, alumni and/or faculty including reasons for nominating this candidate, and one or more examples of her/his excellent teaching practices. The nomination should be submitted to: Judy Chan at <judy.chan@ubc.ca> by Monday, February 20, at 12 noon.

Once nominated, the candidate will be contacted and is expected to coordinate the gathering of a CV and teaching dossier.

Recent Recipients:

  • 2015 – 2016: Kelleen Wiseman and Rick Barichello

President’s Award for Public Education through Media ~ Deadline: September 15

This award with research stipend of $3,000 is given to a UBC faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the University and the community by sharing research expertise via the news media.

Jacob Biely Faculty Research Prize ~ Deadline: October 15

The Biely Prize, established in 1969, has long been regarded as UBC’s premier award. All fields of research are eligible, and the prize, in the amount of $1,500 is awarded for a distinguished record of published research by an active researcher.

Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research ~ Deadline: October 15

This award, consisting of a medal and a certificate, will be presented to an outstanding young member of the faculty of UBC who has demonstrated excellence in pure or applied scientific research. The recipient must be currently in receipt of a research grant from NSERC and be nominated in a year not more than 12 greater than the year they received their PhD degree.

For full nomination guidelines, please visit: http://research.ubc.ca/vpri/ubc-faculty-research-awards

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Doctoral Fellowships

These fellowships are open to outstanding students from any institution and country, and are for full-time study and research in any field of study leading to a doctoral degree at UBC. The fellowships carry an annual stipend of up to $30,000 and, subject to satisfactory progress, are renewable for the second year. The fellowships also include a travel allowance of $2,000 for the tenure of the award. Candidates are selected from applicants in the annual Affiliated Fellowships competition. All doctoral applicants are automatically considered for the Killam Doctoral Fellowships, no separate application is required. Students wishing to be considered should contact the respective UBC department to find out the deadline for the Affiliated Fellowships competition (usually in September).