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The Teaching Commons posts awards which recognize excellence in teaching and assists faculty who are submitting applications and proposals for internal and external awards as well as grants programs.

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  • Individual consultations
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Lakehead University Distinguished Instructor Award

What Is It?

The Distinguished Instructor Award (DIA) is Lakehead University’s most prestigious teaching award and recognizes an outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution to teaching excellence and educational innovation and leadership at the University over a number of years. Only one award per year is bestowed.

Contribution to Teaching Award Nomination Form

How to Nominate your Instructor?

1. Complete the CTA Nomination Form due no later than February 15, 2018 with your fellow classmates (minimum of 5).

2. Put together your response to the question, "What does your instructor do to enhance and foster your learning experience?"

  • The maximum length is 2 pages, as described on the Nomination Form.

3. Submit both documents via email to

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External Awards

3M National Teaching Fellowship

Deadline: September 2018

Eligibility: Instructors currently teaching at a post-secondary institution who has demonstrated excellence in educational leadership and teaching.

Nominated by: anyone, in consultation with the instructor

More information about this award


Brightspace Innovation Award

Deadline: February 18, 2018 

Eligibility: Instructors currently teaching at a post-secondary institution, ideally using Brightspace/D2L online or in the classroom.

Nominated by: anyone, in consultation with the instructor.

More information about this award


CAUCE Graduate Student Research Award

Deadline: March 15, 2018