Awards & Prizes


KILLAM TEACHING PRIZES are awarded annually in the Faculty of Arts.  These awards recognize distinguished teaching at all levels of instruction.  Prizewinners are selected by an adjudicating committee chaired by the Associate Dean.  There are no restrictions on rank, however, nominated colleagues should have three or more years of teaching experience at UBC (including the current academic year).  A list of award recipients from the Faculty of Arts is available list.

For reference only: 2016/2017 nomination form and guidelines. The Nomination Deadline for the 2016/2017 competition was January 9, 2017.  



Faculty members in Arts hold distinction as recipients of internal and external awards, prizes, and honours for their research, teaching, and service within the university and to their disciplines/professions.

The Dean of Arts Award, previously sponsored by Taylor Jordan Chafetz, is awarded annually to a faculty member in recognition of exceptional contributions. In keeping with the major commitments outlined in Place and Promise, selection criteria for the Dean of Arts Award are designed to identify colleagues who demonstrate significant contributions in two or more areas (educational leadership, teaching and learning; research; and service/community engagement) and whose contributions have proven to be catalytic and/or transformative. The award is given in the name of a living Professor Emeritus/Emerita who has made a significant contribution to the Faculty of Arts. The choice of the Professor Emeritus/Emerita is determined by the Dean’s Office in consultation with the Award recipient.

Faculty of Arts – Dean of Arts Award

Award Year Award Recipient Unit Prize named in Honour Of
2011/12 Dr. Trevor Barnes Geography Dr. Olav Slaymaker, Professor Emeritus
2012/13 Dr. Eric Eich Psychology Dr. Richard Tees, Professor Emeritus
2013/14 Dr. Dawn Currie Sociology Dr. Valerie Raoul, Professor Emerita
2014/15 Dr. Patricia A. Shaw Anthropology Dr. Michael Kew, Associate Professor Emeritus
2015/16 Dr. David Green Vancouver School of Economics Dr. Craig Riddell, Professor Emeritus

Award recipients from the past five years are listed above.

For reference only: The Call for Nominations for 2016/17 is available here. The deadline for nominations was 4:00pm, Wednesday March 15, 2017.  Questions may be addressed to Laura J. Hart at


The staff complement in the Faculty of Arts is representative of a wide range of skills, knowledge, and expertise. Staff members provide quality support in clerical, technical, administrative, and other specialized areas, thus enabling their units to carry out the academic mission of the university. Within the Faculty of Arts, staff contributions are acknowledged and recognized through an annual award nomination process, which is open to all staff in Arts. The Dean’s Award for Staff Excellence includes an engraved plaque and a $1,500 cheque.

Faculty of Arts – Dean’s Award for Staff Excellence

Award Year Award recipient Staff group Unit
 2012 Andrew Gray  M&P  Creative Writing Program
2012 Karen Jew CUPE 2950 Institute of Asian Research
2012 Donna Shanley CUPE 2950 English
2012 Merry Wang M&P Arts Co-Op Program
2013 Maureen Chin M&P Vancouver School of Economics
2013 Zanna Downes CUPE 2950 Theatre and Film Production
2014 Tina Marandola CUPE 2950 Vancouver School of Economics
2015 Gary Andraza M&P Arts Instructional Support and Information Technology
2015 Tanya Bob M&P First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and Arts Academic Advising
2016 Nancy Campbell M&P Arts Academic Advising
2016 Anne Coates CUPE 2950 Vancouver School of Economics

Award recipients from the past five years are listed above. For a list of recipients from prior years, click here.

For reference only, the Call for Nominations for 2016/17 is still available here; the next Call will be posted in Fall 2017.

Faculty of Arts Staff Recipients of the President’s Service Award for Excellence (PSAE)

Arts staff members have also received recognition campus-wide through the President’s Service Award for Excellence (PSAE).  Since its inception in 1991, 22 staff members in Arts have received this honour, which includes a medal and a $5,000 cheque presented during convocation.

Award Year PSAE recipient Position/title Unit
2010 Gerald Vanderwoude Administrator & Business Manager Theatre and Film
2011 Carol Mayer Curator (Oceania & Africa) Museum of Anthropology
2012 Rose Harper Program Assistant Arts One Program and Coordinated Arts Program (CAP)
2015 Kristin Sopotiuk Assistant to the Department Head Sociology
2016 Deb Pickman Communications and Marketing Manager UBC Arts and Culture District

Award recipients since 2010 are listed above. For a list of recipients from prior years, click: UBC Faculty of Arts_Staff recipients of the President’s Service Award of Excellence PSAE.


Faculty of Arts Staff Recipients of the President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver)

In 2009, the inaugural year of the President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver) and the Staff Awards of Excellence (Okanagan), a total of 11 awards were presented; 6 to UBC-Vancouver and 5 to UBC-Okanagan members. In 2010, a total of 7 awards were presented to UBC-V staff and 3 to UBC-O. Both awards recognize the personal achievements and contributions of staff to UBC and to the vision and goals of the University. Recipients of this Award receive $2,000 and a certificate of recognition, presented at an event in the Fall. Award recipients are announced by Public Affairs through UBC This Week.  UBC-V Staff were recognized in particular for their contributions of excellence in 3 categories: enhancing the UBC experience, global citizenship, and leadership & creativity.  In 2011, two additional award categories were made available for the President’s Staff Awards. The five categories of President’s Staff awards are: Leadership and Creativity; Enhancing the UBC Experience; Global Citizenship; Emerging Leadership (new in 2011); and Advancing Diversity and Inclusion (new in 2011).

All permanent UBC Vancouver staff with a minimum of three years of continuous service are eligible to be nominated. To view the eligibility and nomination process for this awards program, visit the UBC Focus on People website.

Award Year Recipient Category Position/title Unit
2009 Karen Young President’s Staff Award – Enhancing the UBC Experience Undergraduate Program Advisor Geography
2010 Dominique Yupangco President’s Staff Award – Enhancing the UBC Experience Web & Systems Coordinator English
2015 Christine Offer President’s Staff Award – Creativity and Innovation Artistic Presenting Manager Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
2015 Julie Wagemakers President’s Staff Award – Leadership Deputy Director Liu Institute for Global Issues
2016 Tamara Baldwin President’s Staff Award – Community Engagement Associate Director Office of Regional and International Community Engagement

In addition, over the years a number of Arts units or individuals have been recipients of various Student Development Awards, which are adjudicated by the Office of the VP, Students. Among those support staff members who have received the Margaret Fulton Award, which recognizes individuals who have contributed greatly in providing services to students, are: Julie Walchli, Director of the Arts Co-Op Program (1997/98) and Allison Dunnet, Student Development (2005/06).