Faculty awards and achievements

As reflected in our Strategic Framework, UVic will attract, support and develop a diverse community of talented faculty through enhanced resources and programs—including academic chair positions, awards and initiatives that recognize excellence and promote wellness. For example, and to support the implementation of the Strategic Framework across the university, UVic established 10 President's Chair and four Impact Chairs, to be held for a period of five years.

President's Chairs

The President’s Chair is the highest academic honour UVic can bestow on a faculty member. Ten President’s Chair positions were established in 2020 to recognize faculty who have achieved great distinction in research and research-inspired teaching; made substantial contributions to UVic and the wider community; and are capable of championing excellence in research, teaching and community-university engagement.

UVic is proud to award this designation to the following outstanding faculty members:

The President's Chairs replace the Distinguished Professor Awards, held by the following faculty members:

Provost's Award in Engaged Scholarship

The title of Provost’s Engaged Scholar is awarded to tenured faculty members who have achieved great distinction as community engaged scholars. The award was established in 2014 to celebrate faculty members committment to community-engaged work and the integration of community throughout their research, teaching and service. Recipients include:

REACH Awards

The REACH Awards honour the extraordinary teachers and researchers who lead the way in dynamic learning and make a vital impact at UVic, in the classroom and beyond.

Distinguished Women Scholars Awards

The Distinguished Women Scholars (DWS) Awards and Lecture Series were established by the Provost to highlight and honour outstanding research and creative achievements by female-identifying scholars. The purpose of these awards is to celebrate, recognize and share the impact of outstanding research and creative achievements by women at any stage of their careers.

DWS award winners participate in a public event organized by the nominating unit (such as a lecture or panel discussion) to showcase and share the impact with our broader community.

The lecture series hosts visiting/guest recipients to create an opportunity for our community to be inspired and impacted by the accomplishments of DWS. The series celebrates outstanding and high calibre accomplishments at any career stage (the level of accomplishment commensurate with career stage). It also aims to provide opportunities to engage with and inspire students and collaborators through class participation and group events. 

Lectures are free and open to the public. Please contact  for more information.

Other faculty awards and recognition

The Division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation administers additional teaching awards, as do individual Faculties.