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Lieutenant Governor's Post-Secondary Teaching Award

Established in 2023, this award recognizes post-secondary educators who have displayed excellence in teaching and learning through a commitment to high-quality student learning experiences and a demonstrated record of innovation, leadership, and commitment to student learning and success.


1. Award Description

The Lieutenant Governor’s Post-Secondary Teaching Award recognizes post-secondary educators in Saskatchewan who have displayed excellence in teaching and learning over a number of years, primarily at the undergraduate level.

Recipients will each receive a certificate signed by the Lieutenant Governor and Minister of Advanced Education. This annual award will mean that Saskatchewan’s post-secondary educators will now be eligible to receive national teaching awards. Recipients will also be honoured at a celebration event. There is no financial aspect associated with the awards.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Post-Secondary Teaching Award will be given annually to educators from publicly funded post-secondary institutions across the province. Recipients of this award will be recognized under the following categories:

Distinguished Teaching Award

This award recognizes a distinguished individual who shows commitment to teaching and student success, excellence in teaching practices that reflects the highest standards of andragogy (adult learning), a record of outstanding teaching effectiveness, effective course design or program development, and the ability to foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Teaching Award

This award recognizes an individual who promotes and advances the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in teaching and learning. An individual nominated for this award should demonstrate a proven commitment to respect and inclusivity in instructional practice and utilizing intercultural communication in all learning environments.

Indigenous Teaching Excellence Award

This award recognizes a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit educator who maintains a mastery of subject areas and has made a significant impact to curricula with the inclusion of First Nations, Métis and Inuit content, perspectives, and ways of knowing. An individual nominated for this award will be recognized by students, staff, and community members as an exemplary Indigenous educator who demonstrates exceptional commitment to lifelong learning, andragogical (adult learning) engagement and teaching, fosters pathways to student success, acknowledges the importance of Indigenous language revitalization, and is impacting systemic changes by exemplary teaching and leadership.

For information related to Indigenous citizenship verification, please refer to the Lieutenant Governor’s Post-Secondary Teaching Award Guide.

Innovative Teaching Award

This award recognizes excellence in andragogical (adult learning) innovation. In the context of this award, andragogical (adult learning) innovation may refer to a number of innovative practices, including but not limited to the innovative use of technology; innovative approaches to andragogy that support equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility; innovative practices for the Indigenization of curriculum and instruction; innovative assessment practices; and innovative approaches to student engagement.


2. Nomination Process

Who is eligible?

  • Those nominated must be active teaching members of their post-secondary institution’s faculty, with a normal load for their discipline, level, or term of appointment as determined by their nominating institution.
  • Chairs and department heads who continue to teach a minimum of half a normal teaching load are eligible for nomination.
  • A nominee for each award may be selected according to a procedure established by the post-secondary institution and need not have received an institutional award.
  • For institutions that have a teaching award, recipients of the institution’s teaching award are eligible for nomination for the Lieutenant Governor’s Post-Secondary Teaching Award.
  • No current member of the LGPTA Adjudication Committee may be nominated.
  • An individual may be nominated for only one award each year.

Who can nominate?

Faculty and staff members may nominate eligible post-secondary educators either within their own institution or another. Cross-nominations between institutions are also encouraged.

Submitting a nomination

Nomination Form

All publicly funded post-secondary institutions may submit nominations between May 1 and June 30. Nominations must be submitted to the Lieutenant Governor’s Post-Secondary Teaching Award Adjudication Committee by email to

3. Adjudication Committee

The adjudication committee is made up of representatives from multiple post-secondary institutions across Saskatchewan.

Responsibilities of the Adjudication Committee and nomination guidelines are detailed in the Lieutenant Governor’s Post-Secondary Teaching Award Guide.


4. Award Recipients

2023 Lieutenant Governor Post-Secondary Teaching Award Recipients


Dr. Loleen Berdahl

Dr. Loleen Berdahl
University of Saskatchewan


Distinguished Teaching Award

Dr. Berdahl is the Executive Director of Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

She has enhanced curriculum and teaching excellence at the University of Saskatchewan and across North America in the discipline of Political Science.

Dr. Berdahl is a national leader in advancing skills development for undergraduate students and in connecting academic training with employment and societal needs.

Her excellence in teaching practice, leadership and innovation is an incredible asset to Saskatchewan, to Canada and to universities around the world.


Dr. Simonne Horwitz

Dr. Simonne Horwitz
University of Saskatchewan


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Teaching Award

Dr. Horwitz is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan.

She has won numerous awards and works tirelessly within and outside the classroom to promote advanced teaching perspectives on campus, and enhance equity, diversity and inclusion for students at the university.

Dr. Horwitz's knowledge of equity, diversity and inclusion is sought after – nationally and internationally.


Dr. Cheryl Troupe

Dr. Cheryl Troupe
University of Saskatchewan


Indigenous Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Troupe is a Métis Assistant Professor in the Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Troupe has integrated Indigenous history, approaches, methods and outputs at every stage of teaching from undergraduate lectures, through seminars and graduate mentorship.

Dr. Troupe’s teaching strategies are drawn from her experiences in the community, her attention to the truth and reconciliation calls to action, and her dedication to Indigenizing the university learning experience.

Her deep knowledge of Indigenous history, combined with her strong and growing community partners, make Dr. Troupe stand out as a leading Indigenous educator in the province.


Dr. Amber Fletcher

Dr. Amber Fletcher
University of Regina


Innovative Teaching Award

Dr. Fletcher is the Academic Director of the Community Engagement and Research Centre in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Regina.

Dr. Fletcher’s teaching, research and service to the community has made a significant impact in Saskatchewan as well as nationally and internationally.

Not only is she exceptionally innovative, her commitment to teaching and mentoring the next generation of leaders and community-based researchers is unparalleled.

Her world-class research, excellent teaching and broad community engagement make her one of the most innovative teachers in the province.

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