Awards and Recognition
Brandon University recognizes outstanding faculty members in the areas of teaching and research through a variety of awards, including the Senate Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Senate Award for Excellence in Research. In addition, a number of named professorships have been established for accomplished and note-worthy faculty. The Stanley Knowles Distinguished Visiting Professor (SKDVP) is an opportunity to bring a scholar or scholars who have an international reputation in research/scholarship to Brandon University.
Named Professorships are an opportunity to 1) honour previous Department, Faculty, or School members, previous students, Brandon University honorary degree recipients, or previous professor emeriti, and 2) recognize outstanding Brandon University faculty members who have demonstrated excellence (national or international standing) in research/performance coupled with strong teaching and/or service.
The SKDVP is an opportunity for Brandon University to have visiting scholars with an international reputation for excellence in research/scholarship in their discipline or interdisciplinary area, related to comparative public policy with Canadian content. The Professorship benefits the University as a whole and the surrounding community.
The Senate Award for Excellence in Teaching was established to emphasize the importance of teaching at Brandon University and to recognize and honour those faculty members who excel in this endeavour. A maximum of two awards are presented each year: one for a Tier 1 recipient and one for a Tier 2 recipient. The recipient(s) is presented with a framed certificate signed by the President of the University, as Chair of Senate, and also receives an additional $5,000 in funds to be used as professional development and/or in teaching supports in consultation with the recipient, department, and Dean. This award acknowledges excellence and/or outstanding performance in each of the following areas, in no particular order of priority:
- ability to engage and motivate students
- communication skills
- accessibility to students
- reflective and responsive pedagogy
- educational leadership and mentorship
- comprehensive knowledge of the material taught
- organization of course contents and materials
- educational standards
- course design and development
The Senate Award for Excellence in Research was established to emphasize the importance of research at Brandon University and to recognize and honour those individuals who excel in scholarship and research. A maximum of two awards are presented each year: one for a Tier 1 recipient and one for a Tier 2 recipient. The recipient(s) is presented with a framed certificate signed by the President of the University, as Chair of Senate, and also receives a research grant in the amount of $5,000 administered under Senate-approved policies and procedures, or a 3 credit-hour teaching release for one academic year to be used within two years of receipt of the award, in consultation with the the recipient, department, and Dean. While excellence in research/scholarship should not be narrowly defined, recipients of the aware will have gained national and/or international recognition, as well as local and community recognition and impact, through their research and scholarship.