USSU 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





The USSU Teaching Excellence Awards recognizes Professors and Teaching Assistants who demonstrate teaching excellence at the University of Saskatchewan. An excellent teacher gives us access to knowledge and gives us the tools 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.

Do you have a Professor or Teaching Assistant that inspires you? Is your instructor passionate about teaching? Do they go that extra mile to ensure you succeed?

Nominate them for a Teaching Excellence Award!

Nominations are open from February 5-19


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 2022-23 recipients are:

  • Carolyn Augusta
  • Neil Chilton
  • Barbara Fornssler PhD
  • George A. Keyworth
  • Jamesy Patrick
  • Steven Rayan
  • Tim Sharbel
  • Paul Suchan
  • Rachel Loewen Walker
  • Zachary Yuzwa

Instructional Support Award

This award honours outstanding delivery of instructional support at the University of Saskatchewan and serves to recognize the importance institutional support has on enhancing the student experience. The 2022-23 recipient is:

  • Chloe Canning

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 2022-23 recipient is:

  • Award Not Presented

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 2022-23 recipient is:

  • Evan Potts


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 2022-23 recipient is:

  • Namarta Kochar: U of S Staff Member

Freda Salikin USSU Staff Spirit Award

This award recognizes USSU staff members who are responsible for enhancing the student experience. The 2022-23 recipient is:

  • Dallas Burnett: USSU Staff Member

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 2022-23 recipients are:

  • Brooklyn Bedard: Food Centre Award
  • Rachel Scherer: Pride Centre Doug Wilson Award
  • Janedhini A: Help Centre Award
  • Elizabeth Kuukuaa Barnes: Women’s Centre Award
  • Not presented this year:  Safewalk Award

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 2022-23 recipient is:

  • Rishit Jain


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 2022-23 recipients are:

  • Levi E.W. Perrault: Member of Student Council
  • Emily Hubick: USSU Centres
  • Kanika Gupta: Volunteerism
  • UNICEF USask: Campus Group of the Year

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 2022-23 recipient is:

  • Hannah Bird

Barb Yanko Outstanding Citizenship Award

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 2022-23 recipient is:

  • Zoher Rafid-Hamed