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Teaching and Service Awards

Teaching and Service Awards

Numerous faculty members - full-time, adjunct and sessional - have received awards recognizing their dedication to teaching, student learning and to the provisional of institutional supports for that work.

Students' Union Teaching Excellence Awards

Each year, the Students' Union collects nominations from undergraduates for outstanding instructors for Teaching Excellence Awards from each undergraduate faculty. Winners are chosen for their ability to communicate broad and accurate knowledge of the subject matter, as well as self-confidence, ability to create enthusiasm, success at challenging students, ability to cultivate creative thinking, availability for consultation outside of class and the fairness and consistency of their grading. 

Since the inception of the awards in the mid-80s, several law professors have been honoured:

  • Teaching Excellence Winner 2016/2017: Professor Maureen Duffy
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 2015/2016: Professor Elisabeth Whitsitt
  • Teaching Excellence Honourable Mentions: Professor Evar Oshionebo
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 2014/2015: Professor Maureen Duffy
  • Teaching Excellence Honourable Mentions: 2014/2015: Professor Jennifer Koshan
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 2013/2014: Professor Evar Oshionebo
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 2009/2010: Professor Jennifer Koshan
  • Teaching Excellence Honourable Mentions 2009/2010: Jassmine Girgis
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 2006/2007: Professor Nicholas Rafferty
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 2005/2 006: Professor Pat Knoll
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 1999/2000: Professor Nicholas Rafferty
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 1998/1999: Professor Nicholas Rafferty
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 1997/1998: Professor Jim Rendall
  • Teaching Excellence Honourable Mention 1997/1998: Professor Nicholas Rafferty
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 1996/1997: Professor Irene McConnell
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 1995/1996: Professor (now Madam Justice) Patricia Rowbotham
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 1993/1994: Professor Nicholas Rafferty
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 1991/1992: Professor Catherine Brown
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 1989/1990: Professor Nigel Bankes
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 1988/1989: Professor Nicholas Rafferty
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 1987/19880: Professor Nigel Bankes
  • Teaching Excellence Honourable Mention 1987/1988: Professor (now Madam Justice) Sheilah Martin
  • Teaching Excellence Winner 1984/1985 Professor (now Madam Justice) Sheilah Martin

The Howard Tidswell Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence

Non-exclusive criteria for the annual Howard Tidswell Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence include teaching excellence in a defined period, prolonged high-level teaching performance, teaching methodology and contribution to curriculum.

Recipients of this generous award include:

  • 2015-2016: Professor Sharon Mascher
  • 2014-2015: Professor Jennifer Koshan
  • 2013-2014: Professor Alice Woolley
  • 2012-2013: Professor Nigel Bankes
  • 2011-2012: Professor Jonnette Watson Hamilton
  • 2010-2011: Professor Arlene Kwasniak
  • 2010 (fall): Professor Alice Woolley
  • 2010 (winter): Emeritus Professors Patrick Knoll and Ian Rounthwaite.
  • 2009: Sessional Instructor Brett Code
  • 2008: Professors Nigel Bankes and Jonnette Watson Hamilton
  • 2007: Professor Nicholas Rafferty

The W.K. Moore Award

The W.K. Moore Award is presented annually to a distinguished individual who has made a substantial contribution and has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the law school. The Honorable William Kenneth Moore, C.M., LL.D, Q.C, passed away on March 31, 2016.

C.M., LL.D., QC
C.M., LL.D., QCpassed away on March 31, 2016.
  • 2017: The Class of 1979
  • 2016: Kerry Dyte and Eric Miller
  • 2015: Gillian Marriott, QC
  • 2014: Judge A.A. Fradsham
  • 2013: William (Bill) E. Smith
  • 2011: Molly Naber-Sykes
  • 2010: Virginia May
  • 2009: Michael Waite
  • 2008: Blair Nixon
  • 2006: David Tavender and Brian Felesky

Canadian Association of Law Teachers Prize for Academic Excellence

The Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT) selected Professor Jennifer Koshan as the recipient of the 2013 CALT Prize for Academic Excellence. The prize honours exceptional contributions to research and law teaching by a Canadian law teacher in mid-career. The selection committee assesses candidates on quality of teaching, creation of new courses and research in relation to law reform or other legal matters. Read the UToday story about Jennifer's award.


The Order of the University of Calgary

In 2006, Professor Chris Levy was made a member of the Order of the University of Calgary, recognizing his exemplary and distinguished service over three decades to both campus and the community. Chris retired in 2011. 


University of Calgary Lecture of a Lifetime

Professor Nicholas Rafferty delivered the University's third annual Lecture of Lifetime in 2010. The event, presented by the University of Calgary Senate, and sponsored by the University of Calgary Alumni, the Calgary Jewish Community Council and the Ismailia Community, acknowledges and showcases one faculty member with a long record of exceptional teaching at U of C. Once a year, a professor is invited to give a public lecture about the most important lessons he or she has learned.