Excellence in Teaching Award

Purpose of the Award

The CSCM Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes excellence in teaching and honours faculty for their teaching accomplishments.

Award Criteria of Excellence

The Award seeks to recognize individuals who demonstrate the following qualities:

Intellectually demanding
• Is thought-provoking and intellectually demanding
• Relates course material to other fields, contemporary issues, student experiences

Deeply committed to teaching and students
• Is enthusiastic about teaching
• Is conscientious, organized, and well-prepared for class
• Is concerned about individual students and their development
• Is readily available to students

Communication with students and relaying of course content
• Provides clear expectations, relevant assignments, and ample feedback
• Presents material clearly, asks good questions, and adjusts strategies as necessary to facilitate understanding
• Engages students and stimulates participation
• Is open-minded, fair, and respectful of differences among students

Has positive and lasting impact on students
• Inspires students to excel
• Promotes critical reading, thinking, and writing
• Produces more learning than in other courses
• Affects students’ educational and career goals and achievements

Contribution to CSCM
• Has been a Member of CSCM for a minimum of two consecutive years
• Has served as a CSCM volunteer by either participating on a committee, writing an article, facilitated an education session (local or national)


All nominations are reviewed by the Awards Committee, which then makes its receommendations to the CSCM Board. Nomination forms, with all supporting documents, must be submitted to national@cscm.org by August 17, 2018.

As part of the evaluation process, the Awards Committee may conduct an interview.

2017 Recipient

Dr. David Legg
Physical Education and Recreation
Mount Royal University
Calgary, AB

Dr. Legg is currently Chairperson of his department within the Faculty of Health, Community and Education at Mount Royal University, and has been a professor there since 1998.  He has been the instructor for a number of courses related to hospitality, tourism and the club industry, and as such as received consistently high scores of student satisfaction as well as a number of teaching awards. 

In addition, he has been well recognized for his community and volunteer efforts with awards such as the Canada 150 Award from the Government of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Gary McPherson Leadership Award from the Province of ALberta, and the list goes on.  David is a Faculty Member of CSCM and an active participant in the Alberta Branch.  In the words of his Dean, "David is a hard worker, a dedicated instructor, a community-focused leader, and an exceptional advocate for students."