In 2015, the Learning Specialists Association of Canada' s membership voted to create a number of awards to recognize the contributions of our members and future members to their institutions, the profession, and to LSAC.

On the recommendation of an ad-hoc committee, the Board of Directors approved the creation of awards to recognize students, emerging professionals, distinguished professionals, lifetime achievement, and groups / teams.

Nominations are accepted between national conferences, are reviewed by an ad-hoc committee of LSAC members in good standings, and awards are presented at the following national conference.

Award winners will have their conference registration fee waived, will be presented with a plaque during the conference banquet, and will be memorialized on the LSAC website.

The inaugural awards will be presented at the LSAC 2017 national conference.

Timeline

  • 01/Nov/2016 - Nominations open.
  • 16/Dec/2016 - Nominations close.
  • 02/Feb/2017 - Communication of results to nominators and nominees.
  • 30/May/2017 - Presentation of awards at the LSAC 2017 national conference in Quebec.

Emerging Professional

The LSAC Emerging Professional Award is presented to an individual who has worked in the learning specialist industry between two and six years at the time of nomination. The nominee may be either a full-time or part-time employee and is not required to be an LSAC member.

The nominee must have demonstrated a novel or unique approach to learning skills programming, services, or research that resulted in a substantial impact at their institution.

The nomination may be submitted by anyone, including self nominations. All nominations require two letters of support: One from a professional member of LSAC, and one from anyone in the institution who was impacted by the nominee, ideally the person who if benefiting from the nominee's work.

Emerging Professional Award Nomination Form

Distinguished Professional

The LSAC Distinguished Professional Award is presented to an LSAC professional member who has worked in the learning specialist industry for six or more years at the time of nomination. The nominee may be either a full-time or part-time employee.

The nominee must have demonstrated either leadership (by developing effective programming or services) or innovation (by developing or improving tools, materials, or research that can be used outside their own institution) that resulted in an impact to further student success.

The nominee must have also been actively involved in LSAC, for example, through presentations, volunteering, sitting on committees, or serving on the Board of Directors.

The nomination may come from anyone. Nominations require two letters of support: One letter of support from a professional member of LSAC, and one from the nominee's supervisor or equivalent.

Distinguished Professional Award Nomination Form

Lifetime Achievement

The LSAC Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an LSAC professional member who is either close to retirement or who has retired at the time of nomination. The nominee may be either a full-time or part-time employee.

The nominee must have contributed significantly to the profession through on-going distinguished contributions to the development of learning skills programming, services, research, or the profession.

The nomination must come from a professional LSAC member in good standing. Nominations require two letters of support: One from a professional member of LSAC, and one from anyone in the community who has benefited from the nominee's work.

This award can only be earned once.

Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form

Student

The LSAC Student Award is presented to a student who has had a positive impact on learning skills programming, services, or research at their institution.

The nominator must be a professional LSAC member in good standing as defined by the LSAC bylaws.

Supporting documentation is not required, but may include testimonials and letters of support.

Student Award Nomination Form

Group / Team

The LSAC Group / Team Award is presented to a project, team, or group that has worked either on an outstanding project or within an outstanding centre that has met high standards of leadership, met the expected learning outcomes, and followed a culture of inclusion and collaboration.

The project, team, or group may be either within an institution or across institutions; includes either time-limited projects or ongoing services; and, must contain at least one LSAC professional member in good standing.

Evidence is needed to demonstrate that learning outcomes or objectives have been achieved, for example, attendance numbers, qualitative feedback, or changes in grades.

The nomination can be submitted from anyone. Nominations require two letters of support: One from a professional member of LSAC who is not part of the project, team, or group, and one from anyone who has been impacted by the project, team, or group, ideally the person who is benefiting from the nominee's work.

Group / Team Award Nomination Form

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