Sam Black Award

Inaugurated in 1999, this biennial award pays tribute to legendary UBC figure Sam Black, a well-known artist and educator whose 41-year association with UBC began in 1958 as a professor of Fine Arts and Art Education.

This biennial award, consisting of a certificate and prize in the amount of $1,000, is deemed UBC’s highest honour in the Arts and Education disciplines (in conjunction with the Dorothy Somerset Award offered in alternate years).


The Sam Black Award is open to fulltime faculty members with tenure or tenure-track at the University of British Columbia. The Sam Black Award recognizes faculty members who have made outstanding education and development contributions to (and should include outstanding performance in) the fields of Art, Music, Creative Writing, and Theatre and Film and outstanding accomplishment in scholarship in the fields of the Fine and Creative Arts.  

The recipient must be a full-time faculty member of his or her Department, and must have spent at least five (5) years on the staff of the University of British Columbia. Recipients are only eligible for ONE of the Dorothy Somerset and/or Sam Black Award in his or her lifetime.


October 15, 2017

Note: When the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.


Faculty members may not apply for the Award on their own behalf; two to three tenure track faculty members in the nominee’s Faculty must nominate them. Nominators will complete all documentation and submit it via the form below, for adjudication by the Faculty Research Awards Committee.   

Deans' Acknowledgement (signature no longer required)

For tracking purposes and to avoid duplication, nominators are encouraged to advise their respective Deans' offices of nominations. The signature of the Dean is NOT required for nominations.

Nomination submission

In addition to completing the fields and supplying a 50-word citation in the nomination form below, the following material must also be uploaded by the nominator:

  • Nomination letter (two-page maximum)
  • Official UBC CV format required 
  • Three External Letters of Support

Full details and requirements are outlined on the form below

Questions ?

Please ensure that ALL nomination material is gathered prior to starting the submission, as the form cannot be saved for later completion once started.

Nomination Form

Nominee Information



Nominators' Information
Nominator 1
Nominator 2
Nominator 3 (optional)

Nomination Letter

A joint letter of nomination signed by all nominating individuals in PDF format.

Explain how the nominee meets the award criteria and why the candidate should be selected to receive the award.

File should be named in the format:  Last_Name_of_Nominee_NominationLetter.pdf​

Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.

External Letters of Support
  • It is the responsibility of the nominators to collect (three) support letters for the nomination file.

  • Referees should be external to UBC and internationally recognized in their field (i.e. outside of UBC and preferably one from outside of Canada).

  • Referees must be at arm’s length and may not include thesis or dissertation supervisor(s), anyone the candidate has supervised, or anyone with the candidate has collaborated (as coauthor or co-investigator) within the past 24 months.

  • At least one letter should be solicited from a professional, rather than academic source.

  • Letters in excess of three will not be considered.

  • References are deemed crucial in the selection process thus letters should be objective assessments of the nominee’s suitability for the prize. 

  • Files should be named Nominee_Last_Name_Referee1.pdf, Nominee_Last_Name_Referee2.pdf, Nominee_Last_Name_Referee3.pdf
external referee 1


Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.


External Referee 2


Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.


External Referee 3


Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.


Please include a brief 50-word citation of the candidate's research in lay language that a non-expert will be able to understand (the citation should not exceed the maximum of 50 words).



Files must be less than 50 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.