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Faculty of Community Services

Usha George Faculty Recognition Award

The Usha George Faculty Recognition Award recognizes full-time faculty members in the Faculty of Community Services who have demonstrated excellence in two of the following areas:

  • administration
  • SRC
  • teaching
  • service

Candidates are passionate and exceptional in the performance of their integrated roles as a faculty member. They are dedicated to all aspects of their work and academic role and have made an outstanding impact in the areas in which they are being recognized.

Eligibility
  • Nominees must be full-time tenure and tenure-track faculty members in the Faculty of Community Services. This includes academic chairs, directors and associate deans.
  • Nominees must have at least three years of experience within the Faculty of Community Services.
  • Individuals who have received the award within the last five years are not eligible for nomination.
Who can submit a nomination?
  • Students, faculty and staff in the Faculty of Community Services can submit a nomination.
  • We do not accept self-nominations.
Award criteria
  • Nominees must demonstrate exemplary contributions within their department, faculty and/or university.
  • Specifically, nominees must demonstrate excellence in two of the following areas:
    • administration
      • Excellent leadership, administrative effectiveness and governance through communication, collaboration and implementing transformative ideas.
      • Contributions to the development of practices, processes and procedures that enhance the effectiveness of a department, faculty, university and/or project.
      • Demonstrated ability to motivate and mentor faculty members.
    • scholarly, research and creative (SRC) activities
      • Outstanding scholarly, research and creative activities (supported by external grants) with a demonstrated impact in their field.
      • Evidence of community impact, innovative, and/or transformative qualities will be strongly considered.
      • Evidence of knowledge translation and dissemination.
    • teaching
      • Advancing teaching and learning through innovative teaching/learning strategies.
      • Enhancing the student experience with evidence of student engagement.
      • Demonstrated ability to motivate and mentor students in their academic and professional career.
      • Outstanding contributions to the development of teaching programs and educational practices, textbook writing, creating teaching materials, teaching innovation.
    • service
      • Contributions to the university and/or community beyond the “call of duty.”
      • Outstanding dedication and excellence in providing services, participating and leading teams (i.e. committees, projects) that make an impact on academic life and/or community.
      • Promoting the reputation of the program, faculty or university to the broader community and/or profession.
  • Excellence will be based on the following demonstrated qualities and characteristics:
    • innovative
    • transformative
    • impact(ful)
    • excellence in leadership and mentorship
    • excellence in team building
Nomination process
  1. Obtain the nominee's permission.
  2. Complete the nomination package as described below.
  3. Submit the nomination package via the Online Nomination Portal.
Nomination package

A completed nomination package includes:

  • A nomination brief (750 words) which clearly outlines the nominee’s excellence in two of the following areas:

    • administration

    • SRC

    • teaching

    • Service

  • A citation brief (max 150 words) suitable for public release.

  • Two letters of support

    • Each letter should address one of the two areas of excellence.

    • One letter must be from a faculty member in the Faculty of Community Services.

If candidate is being nominated for their teaching excellence, we will accept up to two additional letters from students.

Selection process

A selection committee will evaluate nominations for the Usha George Faculty Recognition Award. The committee is composed of the associate dean and a representative from each of the following:

  • Learning and Teaching Committee

  • SRC Committee

  • Dean’s Council Group

  • previous year’s award recipient


The committee may determine not to present the award in a particular academic year.

Important dates
  • Nominations open on January 15.
  • Nominations close on February 28.
  • The award recipient is notified by March 15.
Contact

Administrative Assistant    
Name: Jeanine Webster
Telephone: 416-979-5000, ext. 6197
Email: jeanine.webster@ryerson.ca