Centre for Teaching Excellence

Awards and Grants

Teaching Excellence Awards


The Teaching Excellence Awards were created in 2018 to further Capilano University’s mandate as a teaching-focused institution, recognize outstanding faculty, and to communicate to internal and external community members the quality of educators employed at Capilano. The latter goal of quality education is a fundamental element of recruitment of students and faculty to this institution.

The Teaching Excellence Awards recognize excellence in teaching, as nominated by students. The nominations are adjudicated by committee according to the following criteria:

  • Transformation of learning;
  • Fostering a sense of learning community;
  • Supporting multiple means of engagement during in-person and remote learning;
  • Utilizing interactive teaching methods;
  • Valuing student perspectives and diverse ways of knowing and being;
  • Supporting health and wellbeing.

There are two nomination periods a year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring, with awards being announced in the Spring.

Read the full Terms of Reference here.


2024 Teaching Excellence Awards

​It is our great pleasure to announce the recipients of the 2023 Teaching and Learning Excellence Awards at Capilano University. As a teaching-focused university, we could not be prouder of the exceptional response from students to this year’s call for nomination for the 2024 Teaching Excellence Awards. In the 481 detailed nominations received, students recognized the work of 228 faculty who inspired them with a distinct learning experience.

We are incredibly fortunate to have so many inspiring and dedicated instructors at Capilano University!


2024 Award Recipients

Meet CapU’s 2024 Teaching Excellence Award recipients. Read more in CapU Capsule


Alejandra Sanchez Alvarez
School of Education & Childhood Studies


Rachel Baitz
School of Social Sciences


Joshua Boyd
School of Education & School of Allied Health


Michael Molson
School of Legal Studies


Milla Zaenker
School of Business


Meet previous years’ recipients in CapU Capsule Stories!
2023 Recipients | 2022 Recipients | 2021 Recipients

Click here to see past TEA recipients.


Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the unceded sovereign Indigenous Nations of Lil’wat, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm(Musqueam), Shíshálh (Sechelt), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh(Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh).


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