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 2020-21 recipients are:

  • Adam Bourassa
  • Benjamin Hoy
  • Katherine Stewart
  • Jan Gelech
  • Allison Smith
  • Derek Jorgenson
  • Ryan Banow
  • Mika Lafond
  • Dr. Josh
  • Kyle McLeister

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 2020-21 recipient is:

  • Catherine Todd-McCoy (College of Arts & Science)

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 2020-21 recipients are:

  • Anna Simonson: Pride Centre Doug Wilson Award
  • Kingslei Medina: Help Centre Award
  • Harleen Arora: Women’s Centre Award
  • Not presented this year : Food Centre Award & Safewalk Award

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 2020-21 recipients are:

  • Jason Doell: 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 2020-21 recipient is:

  • Barb Yanko: USSU Staff Member
  • Caroline Cottrell: USSU Staff Member

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 2020-21 recipients are:

  • Elisabeth Bauman: Member of Student Council
  • Brenna Scarfe: USSU Centres
  • Samia Sami: Volunteerism
  • PennyDrops at USaskatchewan: Campus Group of the Year

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 2020-21 recipient is:

  • Hailey Dmytrow

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 2020-21 recipient is:

  • Joel Yurach (College of Biology)