The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes sustained and distinguished contributions in teaching at the post-secondary undergraduate level at a Canadian institution. The first award was presented in 2004.

Call for nominations
Recommend someone for the 2025 award

The Award

The Excellence in Teaching Award consists of a gold etched blue glass award, a complimentary two year membership with the CMS, and the opportunity to present a prize lecture at a CMS meeting.


The CMS Excellence in Teaching Award focuses on the recipient's proven excellence as a teacher at the undergraduate level as exemplified by unusual effectiveness in the classroom and/or commitment and dedication to teaching and to students. The nomination dossier should provide evidence of the effectiveness and impact of the nominee's teaching. Selection criteria will include (but not be limited to):

  1. innovation in developing course materials (including methods of delivery, authored textbooks, online materials, journal articles on teaching);
  2. influence on students and other teachers.