Experience in Excellence Awards

An Experience in Excellence is actualized through recognizing those leadership qualities in an individual that better both the academic and non-academic environment for the undergraduate students of the University of Saskatchewan.

The USSU Teaching Excellence Awards recognizes professors and Teaching Assistants who demonstrate teaching excellence at the University of Saskatchewan. An excellent teacher not only gives us access to knowledge but also gives us the tools with which to turn that knowledge into wisdom. Students evaluate teachers and their environment in a number of ways; three important areas include enthusiasm, organization, and fairness of evaluation. The culmination of these aspects leads to an environment where students feel free to explore, critique, grow, and become leaders.

Awards are presented at a ceremony in March. If you have any questions about the program, please contact our Vice-President (Academic Affairs) at 306-966-6968, or by e-mail at vpacademic@ussu.ca


Teaching Excellence Award

Selected by students, the Teaching Excellence Award recognizes those who have demonstrated enthusiasm, organization, and fairness in evaluation, providing exceptional commitment and support to their classrooms. The 2021-22 recipients are:

  • Dr. Julio Torres-Recinos
  • Timothy Kang
  • Lisa Birke
  • Brandy Mackintosh
  • Brent Bobick
  • Amanda Lalonde
  • Courtney Charles
  • Terry Damm
  • Cheryl Loadman
  • Brian Lane
Previous Winners

Academic Advising Award

This award honours outstanding delivery of Academic Advising at the University of Saskatchewan and serves to recognize the importance Academic Advising has on enhancing the student experience. The 2021-22 recipient is:

  • Linda Huard
Previous Winners

USSU Centre Awards

The USSU Centre Awards recognize those among the University of Saskatchewan faculty, staff, students and alumni who have demonstrated leadership and courage in advancing the quality of life in support of those experiencing outstanding struggles. The 2021-22 recipients are:

  • Hunter McConnell: Pride Centre Doug Wilson Award
  • Yesha Patel: Help Centre Award
  • Divya Patel: Women’s Centre Award
  • Not presented this year : Food Centre Award & Safewalk Award
Previous Winners

Doug Favell U of S Staff Spirit Award

This award recognizes non-academic staff members who are responsible for enhancing the student experience. This award recognizes non-academic staff members who are responsible for enhancing the student experience. The 2021-22 recipient is:

  • Dr Airini: U of S Staff Member
Previous Winners


Freda Salikin USSU Staff Spirit Award

This award recognizes USSU staff members who are responsible for enhancing the student experience. The 2021-22 recipient is:

  • Allison Sutherland: USSU Staff Member
Previous Winners

Vera Pezer Award for Student Enhancement

This award is presented to U of S student volunteers who have given their time and energy to ensure that non-academic facets of the student experience are enhanced. The 2021-22 recipients are:

  • Dominique Lummerding: Member of Student Council
  • Sara Honar: USSU Centres
  • Ishita Mann: Volunteerism
  • International Students Association & Al Amal: Campus Group of the Year
Previous Winners

Walter Murray Leadership Award

This award is presented to a student who has provided leadership beyond the call of duty in enhancing the student experience at the University of Saskatchewan. The 2021-22 recipient is:

  • Sarah Nickel
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Instructional Support Award

This award honours outstanding delivery of instructional support at the University of Saskatchewan and serves to recognize the importance Academic Advising has on enhancing the student experience. The 2021-22 recipient is:

  • Kayla Arisman
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Open Resources Initiative Award

This award is granted on the basis of commitment and dedication to the move away from paid educational resources (Homework systems, textbooks, etc.) to open resources which fulfill the students educational needs. The 2021-22 recipient is:

  • Bill Roesler

Student Excellence Award for Equity Enhancement

This award is granted on the basis of a commitment to increase equitable opportunities for students on campus and remove barriers to education for marginalized students. The student actively seeks to better the lives of marginalized students coming from low socioeconomic households. The 2021-22 recipient is:

  • Aubrey-Anne Laliberte-Pewapisconias

Barb Yanko Outstanding Citizenship Award

The Barb Yanko Outstanding Citizenship Award is awarded to one (1) University of Saskatchewan Student. This award recognizes a student who demonstrates: Leadership within the USask Community; Excellence within their studies; Community Involvement (volunteering within the USask and/or Saskatoon Community); Being a Role Model for Students; and Strong Moral Character, Integrity, Professionalism, Kindness, Gratitude. The 2021-22 recipient is:

  • Monisha Chakder
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