Awards & Recognition for Faculty & Staff at University of Toronto

Faculty & Staff Awards


Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award

The Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award recognizes excellence in teaching, research and the impact of scholarship on public policy.

Eligibility: Faculty
Deadline: Winter 2017
Event: Spring 2017


Chancellor’s Award

The Chancellor’s Award is comprised of two categories, granting a prize of $1000 to each recipient:

  1. Emerging Leader Award is given to a staff member in an early to mid-career administrative or service role; and,
  2. The Influential Leader Award is given to a staff member in a more senior administrative role.

Eligibility: Administrative staff
Deadline: Winter 2017
Event: Spring 2017


Excellence Through Innovation Award

The Excellence Through Innovation Award celebrates the significant efforts of individuals and teams to advance the University’s strategic objectives and provide an opportunity to share these best practices across the University. Awards receptions are held at the president’s home.

Eligibility: Administrative staff
Deadline: Spring 2017
Event: Spring 2017


Faculty Award

The Faculty Award recognizes excellence in teaching, research and professional endeavours.

Eligibility: Faculty
Deadline: Winter 2017
Event: Spring 2017


Green Ribbon Award

The Green Ribbon Award recognizes outstanding contributions of our campus community members and University partners who have made our campus greener. These green leaders have contributed to a sustainable culture on campus and inspire others to adopt environmentally-conscious behaviours.

Eligibility: Staff, faculty, students, external partners
Deadline: Winter 2017


Honouring Our Retirees

At the time of spring convocation, the U of T community also honours our retirees and recognizes their years of service and dedication to the University.

Eligibility: Faculty and staff
Event:  May 2017


Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award

The Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award is given to a student, alum, administrative staff or faculty member who has made a significant contribution to improving the quality of academic or extracurricular student life on campus.

Eligibility: Faculty, staff, students
Deadline: Winter 2017
Event: Spring 2017


Long Service Award

The Long Service Award honours appointed staff and faculty who have given 25, 35 and 40 years of continuous service. The reception for this award takes place every spring.

Eligibility: Faculty and staff
Event: Summer 2017


Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize

The  Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize recognizes positive and lasting contributions to education and the fight against discrimination. The award is presented to a faculty, staff or student member who has made a positive and lasting contribution to supporting the University’s mission to realize an exemplary degree of equity and diversity.

Eligibility: Faculty, staff, students
Deadline: Winter 2017
Event: Spring 2017


Northrop Frye Awards

The Northrop Frye Awards are given to a faculty member, Department or Division, recognizing distinguished achievements in linking teaching and research.

Eligibility: Faculty
Deadline: Winter 2017
Event: Spring 2017


Simcoe Hall Vice-Presidential Staff Award

The Simcoe Hall Vice-Presidential Staff Award celebrates outstanding staff members who have made contributions to their Division or to the broader University above and beyond their job description.

Eligibility: Administrative staff from specific divisions
Deadline: Spring 2017
Event: Summer 2017


Staff IMPACT Award

Aligned with the core values set out in the Faculty’s 2011 to 2016 Strategic Academic Plan, the Staff IMPACT Awards program honours staff whose work and dedication have helped to make the Faculty of Medicine the celebrated school that it is today.

Eligibility: Administrative staff (Faculty of Medicine)
Deadline: May 2017
Event: Summer 2017


True Blue Award

The True Blue Award honours U of T faculty and staff who make invaluable, every day contributions to the University. They are often the unsung heroes of the institution and embody the ‘True Blue’ spirit of the University of Toronto.

Eligibility: Faculty and staff
Deadline:  2017
Event: 2017


Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award

The Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award is given to a faculty member who has served the University’s academic mission with distinction in multiple leadership capacities, including committees, governance bodies and external organizations.

Eligibility: Faculty
Deadline: Winter 2017
Event: Spring 2017


University Operations Annual Staff Achievement Awards

The annual University Operations Staff Achievement Awards program is being introduced to recognize exceptional staff contributions to the success of the unit, the portfolio and the University. This award is presented to an individual staff member (regardless of length of service),involved in any area of staff work, who has made outstanding contributions that go beyond the ordinary fulfillment of the position’s duties.

Eligibility: University operations staff
Deadline: Summer 2017
Event: Summer 2017


Awards received by the University of Toronto


Top Employer Awards

U of T is one of Canada’s Top Employers

We are proudly recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers (2016), Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (2016), Canada’s Greenest Employers (2016), Canada’s Top Family-Friendly Employers (2016), Greater Toronto’s Top Employers (2016), and Canada’s Top Employers for Canadians over 40 (2016).

U of T Top Employer

University of Toronto is consistently recognized as a top employer. Most recent honours include being named:

  • One of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2016 (ninth year)
  • One of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2016 (third year)
  • One of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2016 (tenth consecutive year)
  • One of Canada’s Top Family-Friendly Employers for 2016 (fourth consecutive year)
  • One of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2016 (ninth consecutive year)
  • One of Canada’s Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 for 2016 (sixth consecutive year)

For more information, please visit the Eluta website.


MarCom Awards

U of T’s Division of Human Resources & Equity received five awards in the 2015 MarCom competition, three Gold awards and two honourable mentions, in four categories: e-Annual Report, Program Guide, Benefits and Other.

Gold Awards

  • The 2014 HR & Equity Annual Report
    (Category: e-Annual Report)
  • University of Toronto LinkedIn Company Page
    (Category: Other)
  • Equity 2015 to 2016 Promotional Materials
    (Category: Other)

Honourable Mentions

  • Program for the 2015 Long Service Awards
    (Category: Program Guide)
  • The Total Rewards webpage design
    (Category: Benefits)

About the MarCom Awards

The MarCom Awards is an international competition, administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). In 2015, there were over 6,500 entries from 17 countries.