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Funding & Recognition

Funding & Leadership Opportunities

KPU supports pedagogical innovation and provides leadership opportunities through the following programs:

new icon Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund (TLIF)
This new fund is designed to support pedagogical innovation at KPU. Recognizing the diverse array of programs and instructional approaches that are necessary and valued at a polytechnic university, the TLIF takes an inclusive approach by supporting a broad range of projects that advance teaching practices at KPU (Goal 2 of Academic Plan 2023). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the annual funds are spent.

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. Deadlines are October 1, February 1, June 1

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. 

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. 

Faculty Educational Leave - This program is administered by HR in accordance with the KFA Collective agreement (Article 14). The application is due on or before September 30 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


Teaching & Scholarship Awards

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

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.

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.

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.