Scholarship, Funding & Awards

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
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Funding & Leadership Opportunities

KPU supports leadership and professional development activities through the following programs:

Scholarly Inquiry Grants (SIGs) are available for KPU faculty/instructors. The grants are intended to enhance students' learning experiences by encouraging faculty-led investigation of new or innovative teaching and learning practices.
Deadlines are October 1, February 15 and June 1 | Info

0.6% Faculty Professional Development Fund
Faculty PD Fund applications involving research, conference presentations, enhancing teaching and learning as well as support for tuition are some areas considered for funding. Call for applications occur three times a year. Administered by ORS. Deadlines are October 1, February 1, June 1 | Info

Teaching Fellows Program
This is an opportunity for KPU faculty to take on an educational leadership role and advance University priorities. They are seconded from their respective faculty appointments through partial time releases. | Info & current opportunities

Educational Consultants
The role of an Educational Consultant is intended to support the professional development of KPU educators and the activities and efforts of the Teaching and Learning Commons. There are currently three time release appointments available for January – March 31, 2019. Deadline: October 19, 2018 | Info

Faculty Educational Leave - This program is administered by HR in accordance with the KFA Collective agreement (Article 14). The application is due by December 1 of the year preceding the fiscal year of the proposed leave. For more information refer to HR's SharePoint page on Faculty EdLeave or contact

Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants are available for KPU faculty/instructors. The program provides funding and staff support to KPU faculty members interested in creating, adapting, and adopting OERs, and other types of Open Pedagogy.
Applications are reviewed three times a year: September 1, and January 15, May 1 | Info


Teaching & Scholarship Awards

KPU recognizes and celebrates outstanding teaching and scholarship in its diverse forms.

*The deadline for distinguished award nominations has been extended to Nov 1, 2018*

The Distinguished Teaching Award is intended to recognize remarkable teaching as demonstrated by a KPU educator. Administered by SSCT. Nomination Deadline is October 1 each year. | Info

The Distinguished Scholarship Award recognizes and celebrates outstanding examples of scholarship.  Administered by SSCT. Nominate a current or former KPU employee by October 1 of each year. | Info

The Distinguished Service Awards honour and recognize exceptional, long-standing service to KPU and/or the educational community that it serves. Nominate a current or former employee in 1) staff or 2) faculty category. Administered by SSCT. | Info

Emeritus/Emerita Designation - an honorary appointment recognizes distinguished performance of an employee, honours the employee’s standing of high regard in the eyes of peers and colleagues, and anticipates the continuation of the employee’s academic contributions to KPU past retirement. There are no fixed criteria for the selection of the designation, although generally nominees will have demonstrated exemplary and significant academic contributions to KPU or the appropriate faculty, school or department. Administered by SSCT. | Info


Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal

Transformative Dialogues (TD) is a forum for conversations intended to foster the improvement of teaching and learning in post-secondary education. TD facilitates the multi-disciplinary intellectual debate and inquiry, exchange of ideas, actions, and results of innovative and professional practice in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. TD is a long-standing professional development project of faculty members, Balbir Gurm & Alice MacPherson. For more information see:

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