Excellence in Teaching Awards

teaching awards

Since 1989, the UVic Alumni Association has honoured outstanding teaching by the university's faculty and instructors. We are proud of our role in recognizing UVic teaching of the highest calibre.

In 2005, the award began to be granted in two categories: The Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Leadership is for faculty members, artists-in-residence and librarians. The Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching is for sessional lecturers, lab instructors and senior lab instructors.

Harry Hickman had a distinguished career as a scholar, teacher, principal of Victoria College, acting president of the University of Victoria, and head of the Modern Languages and French departments. The Harry Hickman Building houses the university's Learning and Teaching Centre.

Gilian Sherwin was a senior lab instructor in the Geography department for 21 years. She was a supporter of better teaching at the university, an active member of the advisory committee of the Learning and Teaching Centre, and a regular participant in the training of teaching assistants.

Each award includes a $2,000-cash prize and photo portraits of award winners are displayed in the main stairwell of the McPherson Library.

If you have questions about the nomination process, contact UVic Alumni Relations at 250-721-6000 or the director of the Learning and Teaching Centre at 250-721-8571.

2016
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Janni Aragon, Director, Technology Integrated Learning

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Valerie D'Erman, Department of Political Science

2015
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Brent Mainprize, Gustavson School of Business

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Prof. Mark Bridge, Gustavson School of Business

2014
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. David Blades, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Rebecca Gagan, Department of English

2013
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Mark Colgate, Gustavson School of Business
Prof. Jin-Sun Yoon, Child and Youth Care

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Kristin Semmens, History

2012
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Annalee Lepp, Women's Studies

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Alex van Netten, Physics & Astronomy

2011
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Gary MacGillivray, Mathematics and Statistics

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Andrew Wender, Political Science and History

2010
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Mary Sanseverino, Computer Science

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Ranald Donaldson, Anthropology

2009
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

No recipient.

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Stefan Scott, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education

2008
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Catherine Gaul, Faculty of Education/Island Medical Program

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Barbara Currie, Biochemistry and Microbiology

2007
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Michael Webb, Political Science

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Professor Glenn Gallins, Faculty of Law

2006
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Biochemistry and Microbiology

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Kelli Fawkes, Chemistry

2005
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Martin Smith, Psychology

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
David Clenman, School of Music

2004
Dr. Gweneth Doane, Nursing

2003
Professor John Kilcoyne, Law

2002
Dr. David Lai, Geography

2001
Dr. Susan Elderkin, English
Dr. Reg Mitchell, Chemistry
Professor Deborah Yaffe, Women Studies

2000
Dr. Edward Berry, English
Professor Elsie Chan, Sociology
Dr. Richard King, Pacific Asian Studies

1999
Dr. A.R. Elangovan, Business
Dr. Gerry Poulton, Chemistry
Professor Juliana Saxton, Theatre

1998
Dr. Philip Dearden, Geography
Dr. Alison Preece, Education
Professor Jamie Cassels, Law

1997
Dr. Joan Backus, Music
Dr. David Berry, Chemistry

1996
Dr. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, English
Prof. Barbara Whittington, Social Work

1995
Dr. Aaron Devor, Sociology
Dr. Antoinette Oberg, Communication & Social Foundations
Dr. Terry Wuester, Law

1994
Dr. William E. Pfaffenberger, Mathematics & Statistics
Dr. Ron Podhorodeski, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Christine St. Peter, Women's Studies

1993
Dr. James C. McDavid, Public Administation
Dr. Hiroko Noro, Pacific & Asian Studies

1992
Dr. Anthony Jenkins, English

1991
Prof. Pat Martin Bates,Visual Arts
Dr. Thomas R. Cleary, English
Dr. Wu-Sheng Lu, Engineering

1990
Dr. Howard A. Wenger, Physical Education

1989
Dr. Elizabeth Tumasonis, History in Art

Note: Deadline for 2016 nominations is now closed.

Please follow the following links to the Learning and Teaching Centre website for award guidelines and nomination forms:

Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching