Killam Teaching Prize

The Killam Scholarship and Prize Programmes were established in 1965 through the generous benefaction of Izaak Walton Killam and Dorothy J. Killam, with the aim to support advanced education and research at five Canadian universities and the Canada Council for the Arts. As one of the six Killam institutions, UBC offers an annual Killam Teaching Prize to faculty in recognition of excellence in teaching.

The successful award winner(s) will be exemplary role models who have and will continue to have significant impact on the culture of teaching and learning on the Okanagan campus and beyond. They will have demonstrated evidence of engagement in all of the following pillars of teaching:

  • Activities to facilitate and support learning (Delivery): Time spent with learners inside or outside the classroom, directly observable by the learners.
  • Course and/or program design (Design): Activities and interventions, modules, programs or curricula, which are generally not observable by learners.
  • Scholarship of Teaching (Dissemination): Making public the processes and outcomes of reflective, experimentation, inquiry and evaluation of teaching.
  • Community engagement (Community): Engagement with the community at the local, regional, national or international level resulting in a significant impact.
  • Scholarly reflection and enhancement (Development): Demonstrated engagement to understand, reflect on and modify one’s attitudes towards teaching.

They will have demonstrated evidence of excellence and innovation of significant impact in at least two of the first four pillars. It is understood that there might be more evidence and contributions towards a specific pillar.

They will have already received prior awards in recognition of teaching excellence and/or innovation in any of those pillars.

The call for nominations is now closed

Award terms

Nominations close: Notification of Intent to Nominate Form due at nominee’s Dean’s Office January 10
Dean advises nominees of their nomination January 21
Nominator submits relevant documents to the nominee’s Dean February 18
Nominee submits relevant documents to their Dean                        February 18
Dean’s office submits compiled nomination packages to Office of the Provost March 11
Presentation of awards at Awards Reception TBA
Recognition of award recipients at Convocation June


Typically, one award consisting of a cash prize of $5,000 will be awarded. A faculty member may win the award once only during the course of his/her career.

The recipients will be honoured formally at Convocation. Killam Teaching Prize winners are also invited to a ceremony and reception with the Killam Trustees, members of the Killam family, and other Killam scholars at UBC.

Any faculty member with a continuing appointment, either tenured or tenure-track, is eligible.

Department Heads (or equivalent) will be invited to submit nominations. Faculty members may not apply for the award on their own behalf, although they may provide documentation in their own words as to why they feel they are deserving of the award.

Unsuccessful nominations will be carried forward to the following year’s competition (one year only). Nominees will have the opportunity to update their nomination package to reflect their latest teaching endeavours towards meeting the criteria for the award.

The adjudication criteria for the Killam Teaching Prize are based upon a comprehensive, robust view of teaching that includes in‐class instruction but also takes into account those activities that support teaching that occur outside of the classroom. Please refer to the teaching pillars described earlier in order to fulfill the nomination expectations.

The Killam Teaching Prize Committee will be chaired by the Okanagan Provost and Vice-President Academic or their designate, who will select the members of the committee at their sole discretion. The committee may include past award recipients.

Nominators complete and submit to the Dean of the nominee’s Faculty the Intent to Nominate Form

Nominators complete and submit to the Dean of the nominee’s Faculty the following supporting documents:

  1. Nomination form
  2. Letter of nomination from the nominee’s Head
  3. Selected letters of reference from students and/or colleagues (no more than 6 letters in total)
  4. A letter of support from the nominee’s Dean


The nominee will complete and submit to their Dean the following supporting documents:

  1. The nominee’s CV in UBC format edited to explain teaching excellence (no more than 15 pages)
  2. Teaching philosophy (2 pages)
  3. Personal statement explaining how the criteria is met with specific examples (3 pages)
  4. Overview of TEQ/SEOTs highlighting excellence over time (2 pages)


Please refer to the above stated dates for the process deadlines.

  • Nominations exceeding the number of pages outlined in the above sections will not be considered.
  • Nomination packages that are late, incomplete, or not conforming to the guidelines above will not be reviewed by the adjudication committee.
  • The entire nomination package must be submitted electronically to the Provost Office at
  • Hard copies are not required and will not be considered.