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: June 21, 2020

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

Administrative Awards

Nomination deadline: June 21, 2020

Research Awards

Nomination deadline: February 3, 2020

Teaching Awards

Nomination deadline: May 22, 2020 (UPDATED)

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.

The award recipients will be formally recognized at the annual Celebration of Distinguished Services event (TBD). Stay tuned for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions about Awards & Recognition

Can I nominate an individual for more than one award?

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.

Should the nominee be informed that I am nominating them?

This is solely up to you as the nominator.

Are self-nominations accepted?

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.  

Are there any team awards?

Yes, there is. Individual and team nominations are accepted for the D.R. Campbell Merit Award.

Can I resubmit a nomination package that was submitted in the past but was not chosen?

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

Who sits on the selection committees for the awards?

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 near the end of the year and the committee will be finalized in March the following year.  

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

Will awards be given out every year?

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

Is there a monetary component to the awards?

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.

Are past award recipients eligible to be nominated for future Principal’s Service Excellence Awards?

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. 

Can individuals endorse more than one (1) person for the Principal's Service Excellence Awards?

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

Who can I contact if I have a question about an award?

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

Will the annual Celebration of Distinguished Services take place in 2020?

The Celebration of Distinguished Services ceremony takes place annually in the spring/summer.  The health, safety and well-being of our community members is very important to us, therefore, due to our current circumstances with COVID, the celebrations have been postponed.  

Why were the nomination periods for the 2020 Principal’s Service Excellence Awards and Administrative Awards extended from the initial deadline of March 13th to June 21st?

Due to our current circumstances, the Awards Planning Committee decided to extend the nomination periods for the Principal’s Service Excellence Awards, D.R. Campbell Merit Award, and Patrick Phillips Award for Staff Service. Members of our community reached out to express disappointment that they were unable to meet the deadline of March 13th, due to shifting priorities. Since the awards celebration is also postponed, this provides an opportunity for our community to continue acknowledging their colleagues during this time. 

To allow for those who were unable to submit their nomination packages before the initial nomination deadline, we have opened up the nomination period again with a new deadline of June 21st, 2020, 5:00 PM. Those who submitted nominations prior to March 13th may also update their packages to include their nominee’s most recent accomplishments. 

I want to recognize a peer for their contributions and service with respect to COVID-19, but they do not fall under any of the award categories listed above, where can I nominate, acknowledge, and recognize them?

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.