Awards & Recognition

Each year, the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) acknowledges and celebrates outstanding members of our community who have been nominated for:

UTSC Principal's Service Excellence Awards

Nomination Deadline: The 2024 Awards Process is now closed. Stay tuned regarding the timeline for the 2025 awards process.

Please see the attached Awards Comparison Chart for the differences between these awards.

Campus Awards

Nomination Deadline:  The 2024 Awards Process is now closed. Stay tuned regarding the timeline for the 2025 awards process.

Research Awards

Nomination Deadline: February 1, (or the next business day if the 1st falls on a weekend/holiday).

Teaching Awards

Nomination Deadline: Friday, May 3, 2024, at 5:00 PM 

We invite you to learn more about the awards by clicking on the links above. Please consider nominating a deserving faculty, staff, TA or student for the appropriate award. Please see our guide, “How to Write an Impactful Award Nomination,” for additional details.

Award recipients are formally recognized at an annual event. Stay tuned for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions about Awards & Recognition

Yes, you may, providing the candidate is eligible for each of the awards they are being nominated for. For eligibility requirements, click on each award on the main page.

This is solely up to you as the nominator.

Self-nominations are not accepted. Packages that contain a nomination letter written by the nominee, or a package submitted or compiled by the nominee constitute a self-nomination.  

Yes, there are. Both Individual and team nominations are accepted for the Inclusive Excellence Service Award and the D.R. Campbell Merit Award.

Yes, you may re-submit a nomination package providing all relevant information has been updated including the candidate's most recent accomplishments.

There will be two Selection Committees, one for the Principal's Service Excellence Awards and one for the D.R. Campbell Merit Award and Patrick Phillips Award for Staff Service. These Selection Committees will be made up of representatives from the various constituencies including faculty, staff and students. A call for participation on the Selection Committee will be sent out on an annual basis.   

For more details about the Selection Committee, please contact:
Human Resource Services at for the Principal's Service Excellence Awards for both the D.R. Campbell Merit Award and Patrick Phillips Award for Staff Service

The selection process consists of three distinct stages/steps to ensure consistency and fairness throughout. The Awards Advisory Committee receives and checks the nominations to ensure eligibility and criteria are met. At this stage, nominations may be moved across awards categories as deemed suitable by the Advisory Committee. The Selection Committee then reviews the pre-assessed nominations, and makes recommendations to the Vice-President & Principal who approves the final selection.

No, there are no monetary components to the awards. All winners are recognized with a framed certificate and celebrated at the annual Celebration of Distinguished Services.

Winners of the Principal's Service Excellence Awards will not be eligible for future awards in the Distinguished, Accomplished and Emerging categories. Past award recipients of the Inclusive Excellence Service Award are eligible for nomination again after four (4) years. 

Individuals are open to endorse more than one person for the Principal's Service Excellence Awards. 

It would depend on who the nominator would be. If the nominator is a department manager/leader/director/chair, then the support letter can be from another division. If the nominator is a colleague of the nominee, then typically we see the support letter coming in from the department’s head.

Faculty and staff can recognize their colleagues for their contributions and service through the True Blue Recognition Program. True Blue informal recognitions highlight the practices of exemplary faculty and staff who make invaluable contributions to the University every day. For more information about the True Blue Recognition Program, please visit their website here.   

The awards may not be presented every year and is dependent on the submissions received.

Award recipients are formally recognized at an in person annual event in the fall.

For the Principal's Service Excellence Awards, contact Human Resource Services at For the Patrick Phillips and/or D.R. Campbell, contact