Established under the auspices of the Office of the Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) (OAVPTL), the Carleton University Teaching Awards Committee (CUTAC) seeks to develop a systematic approach to nurturing, recognizing and rewarding individuals who consistently demonstrate teaching excellence and/or promote a culture of excellence in teaching and learning at Carleton University.


Joy Mighty, Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)


  • Susan Whitney, Associate Dean (Student Affairs), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (on sabbatical)
  • Catherine Khordoc, Associate Dean (Student Affairs), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Benjamin Gianni, School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Design
  • Claire Samson, Associate Dean (Planning), Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Robert Riordan, Sprott School of Business
  • Mira Sucharov, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Public Affairs
  • Jane Fry, MacOdrum Library
  • Norah, Vollmer, Manager, Faculty Affairs
  • Boris Vukovic, Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities, representing the Teaching and Learning Council
  • Adrian Chan, Assistant Vice-President (Academic), previous external teaching award winner
  • Peggy Hartwick, School of Linguistics and Language Studies, previous external teaching award winner
  • Sarah Todd, School of Social Work, previous external teaching award winner
  • Dragana Polovina-Vukovic, Teaching and Learning Services
  • Jaymie Koroluk, Assistant Director, EDC
  • Katherine Gardner, Teaching and Learning Services, administrative support


CUTAC members serve a two-year renewable term. The committee meets on a quarterly basis (in September, December, March and June).


Responsibilities of CUTAC are to:

  1. Advise the Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) on an institutional strategy for enhancing Carleton’s success in external teaching award competitions.
  2. Review and update the master list of all teaching award winners at Carleton and recommend potential nominees for eligible external teaching awards.
  3. Assist in communicating upcoming deadlines and soliciting eligible nominees for external awards.
  4. Assist in reviewing nomination dossiers for submission in accordance with competition rules, and provide guidance on strengthening specific nominations.
  5. Review and adjudicate dossiers when there are multiple candidates for a limited allowable number of submissions from Carleton.
  6. Invite selected members of the Carleton community to serve as ad-hoc members or sub-committee members to contribute to the nomination review process when specific disciplinary or domain expertise deems this necessary.
  7. Contribute to annual reports to the Provost and participate in celebrations for award winners.

For more information regarding the committee please contact

To inquire about a specific award, please contact Dragana Polovina-Vukovic at Teaching and Learning Services. For awards governed by the collective agreements (CUASA and CUPE 4600), please contact Norah Vollmer at the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic).