The “Magister” Teaching Award

AwardsThe “Magister” Teaching Award


The award is intended to recognize plant biologists (CBA/ABC members or not), in their mid or late career, who have demonstrated a consistently high level of teaching excellence and teaching-related activities over at least 10 years as a faculty member at a Canadian post-secondary institution, including colleges and institutes.  Full-time, part-time and sessional faculty members are eligible to receive this excellence award.  An awardee of the Magister Award will not be eligible for this award again.

Conditions of Award

Normally, one call for nominees will be made each year.

Procedures and Criteria for Nomination

This award is considered as a distinction award of the Association, and therefore be adjudicated by the Awards Committee in accordance to the Manual of Procedures. Nominations shall be made jointly by the nominator with the Chair/Head of the nominee’s department.  The nominator can be a recent graduate, an undergraduate student, graduate student, or a faculty member.

This award recognizes excellence in teaching botany over more than 10 years, primarily at the undergraduate level.   An individual nominated for this award will be characterized by:

Examples of qualities sought in the nominee:


Nominations should be sent electronically to the current President of the Canadian Botanical Association.  The nomination package, submitted as a pdf file and organized by the nominator (with the nominee’s permission) should not exceed 20 pages and be presented in 12-point font with standard one-inch margins.  It should include:

Required information

Summary of the nominee’s teaching accomplishments to date,:

Evidence for the significance of their impact on botany, and the wider community,


Award winners will receive a framed certificate from the Association and will be invited to give a presentation at the Teaching session of the next scheduled CBA Annual Conference.  The awardee will be encouraged to actively participate in the work of promoting botanical education in Canada, and may be called upon for advice and counsel. Once an awardee is identified, a one-page citation is used for public relations purposes describing the nominee’s contributions to teaching will be required from the nominator.

Re-nominations of previously unsuccessful nominees are welcomed and encouraged.  However, the nominators are reminded that the award criteria may change from year-to-year and they should ensure that re-nominations conform to the current guidelines.

Past Recipients of the Magister Teaching Award