Western University Awards for Excellence

Western Awards


To recognize its most outstanding teachers, researchers, professors and staff members, Western University supports awards and honours designed to celebrate those who display a commitment to excellence. Below is a listing of members of the Faculty of Health Sciences who have received one of these awards or honours.

About the Awards and FHS Recipients

The Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching

This award was established at Western in 1980-81 and is awarded based on evidence of outstanding contributions in the area of classroom, laboratory, or clinical instruction. The award is intended for full-time faculty who are either Limited Term or Tenured at the University and its Affiliated University Colleges.


2014-15 Jennifer Irwin (Health Studies)
2011-12 Carol McWilliam (Nursing)
2009-10 Kathy Obright (Physical Therapy)
2006-07 Garry Lapenskie (Health Studies)
2002-03 Marjorie Johnson (Health Studies)
1997-98 Don Morrow (Kinesiology)
1994-95 Yvette Laforet-Fliesser (Nursing)
1984-85 Bob Barney (Kinesiology)
Barbara Edwardson (Physical Therapy

The Marilyn Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching

This award was established at Western in 1996-97 and is awarded based on evidence of outstanding contributions in the area of classroom, laboratory, or clinical instruction. The award is intended for full-time faculty who are either Limited Term or Probationary at the University and its Affiliated University Colleges and who usually have seven years or less of full-time university teaching experience.


2015-16 Shauna Burke (Health Studies)
2013-14 Jackie Sadi (Physical Therapy)

The Angela Armitt Award for Excellence in Teaching by Part-Time Faculty

The award for excellence in teaching by part-time faculty was established at Western in 1989-90. It is to be awarded based on evidence of continued outstanding contributions to the academic development of students. All part-time members of faculty of the University and its Affiliated University Colleges are eligible for nomination for the award.


2015-16 Heather Gillis (Physical Therapy)

The Western Award for Innovations in Technology-Enhanced Teaching

First awared in 2016, the Western Award for Innovation in Technology-Enhanced Teaching is meant to recognize and reward the contributions of faculty members at Western University and its Affiliated University Colleges who have significantly improved the experience and outcomes of their students through the intentional incorporation of technology into their teaching practice.

All continuing members of faculty who are Tenured, Probationary, or Limited Term at Western or the Affiliated University Colleges are eligible for nomination. In addition, part- time* members of faculty are also eligible for nomination.

2016 Barbara Sinclair (Nursing)

University Students' Council Teaching Awards of Excellence

The Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching is co-presented by The University Students' Council, The Bank of Nova Scotia and UWO Alumni Association, to recognize, celebrate and award excellence in undergraduate teaching. Each year four award recipients are selected by the USC Teaching Excellence Awards Committee comprised of the USC VP Education, USC Teaching Awards Commissioner, USC Council members, student-at-large members, and Alumni members.


2013 Jennifer Irwin (Health Studies)
2010 Aleksandra Zecevic (Health Studies)
2007 Tim Wilson (Health Studies)
2005 Jennifer Irwin (Health Studies)
2003 Garry Lapenskie (Health Studies)
2002 Marjorie Johnson (Health Studies)
1998 Don Morrow (Kinesiology)

Distinguished University Professor

Established in 2005, the Distinguished University Professor Award recognizes sustained excellence in scholarship over a substantial career at Western. Scholarship is broadly defined to include research, teaching and service to the community. Thus, this award is not a recognition solely of research excellence, which is the purpose of the Hellmuth Prize, nor is it a recognition solely of teaching excellence, which is the purpose of the Pleva Award. The Distinguished University Professorship recognizes sustained excellence as a complete scholar.

2016 Kevin Shoemaker (Kinesiology)
2014 Cheryl Forchuk (Nursing)
2008 Richard Seewald (Communication Sciences and Disorders)
2006 Heather Laschinger (Nursing)

Faculty Scholars

Established in 2005, the Faculty Scholars Award recognizes significant recent scholarly achievements in teaching or research. Nominated by faculty deans and selected by the Faculty Selection committee chaired by the Provost, the recipients have an international presence in their discipline and are considered all-round scholars. Winners hold the title “Faculty Scholar” for two years and receive $7,000 each year for scholarly activities, as well as receiving a citation.

2017 Laura Misener (Kinesiology)
Dave Walton (Physical Therapy)
2016 Lorie Donelle (Nursing)
2015 Lisa Archibald (Communication Sciences and Disorders)
Anne Kinsella (Occupational Therapy)
2013 Lynn Shaw (Occupational Therapy)
2012 Matthew Heath (Kinesiology)
2011 Susan Scollie (Communication Sciences and Disorders)
Trevor Birmingham (Physical Therapy)
Debbie Rudman (Occupational Therapy)
2009 Marilyn Ford-Gilboe (Nursing)
Pamela Houghton (Physical Therapy)
2008 Harry Prapavessis (Kinesiology)
2007 Kevin Shoemaker (Kinesiology)
Cheryl Forchuk (Nursing)
Doreen Bartlett (Physical Therapy)
2006 Ruth Martin (Communication Sciences and Disorders)
Jayne Garland (Physical Therapy)
2005 Carol McWilliam (Nursing)

The Western Award of Excellence

First awarded in 2005, the Western Award of Excellence is the highest level of campus-wide recognition for the exceptional performance of Western staff. The award recognizes and rewards staff for their outstanding contributions to the campus community.

Any active full- or part-time Western administrative staff (excludes full-time students and faculty); Staff and faculty at affiliated university colleges are not eligible. Any work team is also eligible.

2017 Jess Bechard (Office of the Dean)
2010 Krys Chelchowski (Office of the Dean)