The 2024 Teaching Award winners sitting on the stairs at the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Teaching Academy

Inspiring teaching and learning on campus

Supporting the development of teaching practices on campus

The Teaching Academy is a community of institutional-level teaching award recipients at the University of Calgary, who have been recognized for their exemplary contributions to teaching and learning. The Teaching Academy provides opportunities for supporting the development of individual and collective teaching practices on our campus.

The Teaching Academy is committed to supporting the University of Calgary’s Ahead of Tomorrow Strategic Plan.


The Teaching Academy is intended to establish a network of colleagues who can collectively develop teaching and learning expertise at the University of Calgary. This is driven by the following foundational beliefs about the scholarship and practice of teaching.

Foundational beliefs about teaching

  • Knowledge and understanding of excellent teaching is informed by research, but driven by practice
  • Teaching expertise is shared across disciplines and across campus
  • Teaching is a developmental skill that can be deliberately strengthened
  • Opportunities for teaching feedback and development need to be offered in a low-risk and encouraging manner
  • Development of University of Calgary teachers and Teaching Academy members is a worthwhile pursuit that leads to enhanced teaching practices, both at the University of Calgary and more broadly within post-secondary education

Principles of practice

  • Interdisciplinarity, and welcoming of perspectives and practices from all scholarly disciplines
  • Inclusion of all teaching colleagues at the University of Calgary
  • Accessibility, or offering multiple modes of, and avenues for, engagement in teaching development
  • Respectfulness and collegiality


Each Teaching Academy activity has a unique structure and mechanisms for delivery. These activities are supported by the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Every academic year, the Teaching Academy provides opportunities for members to work on a collaborative project to support the quality and breadth of learning, which can include

  • Meeting the teaching needs of individual instructors
  • Providing developmental support to a wide range of teaching colleagues
  • Improving the quality of classroom experiences for both teachers and students

Latest news

2024 Teaching Academy Grants for Educational Leadership Recipients

Six projects by Teaching Academy members received funding this year

Celebrating Hinako Ishikawa: A Big Win at the Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Hinako Ishikawa for winning the "Teaching Award 2023 Sessional Instructors" award.

Honouring the educators who inspire our community

2023 University of Calgary Teaching Awards recognize recipients for their outstanding contributions to student learning

‘Empathy activism’ and how 1 educator is creating more inclusive teaching spaces

2023 Inclusive Excellence Award recipient Safaneh Mohaghegh Neyshabouri approaches empathy as a skill that can be taught

‘It starts with a smudge’: Chantel Large shares how Indigenous knowledge has shaped her teaching

2023 Indigenous Ways of Knowing Award honours Faculty of Social Work educator

2022 UCalgary Teaching Awards Recipient: Dr. Dawn Johnston

Dr. Johnston is Teaching Professor in CMF and Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Student Engagement in the Faculty of Arts