Nəc̓əmaat kʷəns čeʔi ʔay̓ šqʷeləqʷən | ĆȺNEUEL OL ÍY, ŚḰÁLEȻEN | Work together with a good heart and mind (Award for Decolonization and Anti-Indigenous Racism)

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Congratulations to Susanne Theissen!

Dr. Susanne Theissen, Associate Director and Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration, is the 2023 winner of the Nəc̓əmaat kʷəns čeʔi ʔay̓ šqʷeləqʷən | ĆȺNEUEL OL ÍY, ŚḰÁLEȻEN | Work together with a good heart and mind (Award for Decolonization and Anti-Indigenous Racism). Read Susanne’s biography and explore the other REACH recipients.

About the Award

This award supports work being done across campus to review and update curricula and pedagogical practice using decolonization and/or anti-Indigenous racism approaches. Recipients of this award have integrated these approaches in their course design and delivery, to enhance student learning. This award is aligned with the draft UVic Strategic Plan, the Equity Action Plan and the upcoming Indigenous plan, as well as the provincial Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA) and Action Plan 2022-27.

Previous recipients

  • 2023 | Dr. Susanne Thiessen, Public Administration


Nomination Guidelines

The 2023 nomination guidelines are now available below.

Application submissions

Nominations will be accepted until November 13, 2023 at 11:59pm.

Adjudication Process

Adjudication committees will meet in the following 2 months.

Applicants Notified

Applicants will be notified by early 2024.


Who can be nominated?

This award is open to:

  1. all faculty members as defined in the Collective Agreement;
  2. currently holding a regular faculty position and anticipate continuing in that position for the next academic year; and,
  3. have taught two or more courses at the graduate and/or undergraduate level that include decolonization and/or anti-Indigenous racism approaches.

Who can submit a nomination?

Nominations may be submitted by a UVic student (not currently enrolled in a course with the nominee) or a UVic alum, faculty colleague or academic administrator, or by any combination of up to three co-nominators belonging to these groups, and ideally across groups. If the Department Chair is not a co-nominator, the Chair must review and sign to endorse the nomination.


    Nominations of previous nominees who have not been selected as the recipient of the award will be held and eligible for review for a period of three years. Re-nominations of these nominees are welcomed and encouraged; however, nominators and nominees are reminded that the award criteria may change from year-to-year—please ensure that re-nominations conform to the current guidelines.

    Award Criteria

    Nominations will be assessed based on evidence of outstanding contributions in the following elements of decolonization and/or anti-Indigenous racism:

    • Includes practices and/or teachings in course and course materials that integrate Indigenous ways of knowing, as well as recognizing and celebrating Indigenous teachings, languages, lands and protocols.
    • Includes practices and/or teachings in course and course materials that deconstruct and critically examine western ways of knowing and challenge systems or oppressive policies
    • Improves learning experiences of students by creating the space and avenues that allow students to bring their lived experiences and that demonstrates respect, inclusion and equity for Indigenous identities
    • Describe course learning outcomes that directly connect or relate to the calls of action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action (TRC) (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2015), DRIPA (Government of British Columbia, 2022), and Xʷkʷənəŋ istəl W̱ȻENEṈISTEL: 2023-2028 Indigenous Plan (University of Victoria, 2023) such as: developing culturally appropriate curricula that include Indigenous cultural competencies; protecting the and advancing the right to Indigenous [i] languages, including the teaching of Indigenous languages as credit courses; and including opportunities for Indigenous students to engage in courses and with course materials that reflect their own experiences, knowledges, lands and languages (Government of British Columbia, 2022).

     [i] Language was adapted from Aboriginal to Indigenous to be in line with language used in UVic’s upcoming Indigenous Plan.


    Materials Required

    Nominees are asked to use our awards application portal (opening August 15, 2023) where they can easily add all nomination documents and information. This includes:

    Nominee Information

    • Department
    • Faculty
    • Position

    Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    Upload as a PDF to online portal and must include:

    • Education and other relevant experience 
    • Employment history
    • Teaching awards
    • Courses taught

    Letter from nominator

    Share the link with your nominator on the online portal. The nominator will write a brief (2 pages maximum) written statement including:

    • teaching practices;
    • teaching philosophy, and
    • impact of teaching on student learning specific to award criteria

    Two letters of support

    Upload as PDF to online portal:

    • Letters are to be independent from one another and from previous students, staff, faculty, community partners and/or alumni
    • Letters address nomiees effective teaching practices (ie. student engagement, student learning, value of the courses to their overall program, effective teaching strategies, creativity in course design, teaching inspired by research, student mentoring, and innovative and/or effective assignments)

    Additional supporting materials

    Upload up to 10 optional files to online portal, such as:

    • teaching dossier
    • websites
    • media clips or articles
    • course syllabi

    Supporting evidence should be referenced in nomination letter. Hyperlinks to web-based materials are encouraged.

    Nomination online portal

    Use our new online portal to submit your application and your nominators materials.

    Portal will be live on August 15, 2023

    Administrative Process


    The Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost administers the award in collaboration with the Division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI).



    One award is presented each year. The award includes a gift and a $1,000 cash prize. All nominees will be recognized and recipients will receive their awards at the annual REACH Awards ceremony. The awards will be publicized by UVic Communications + Marketing.

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    June 20, 2023

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