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President's Award for Teaching Excellence

Please note: Nomination briefs are due November 8 by noon, including the nominee's online consent. The deadline for the full nomination package is December 9 by 4 p.m. Both documents are to be submitted via the Online Nomination Portal.

The Ryerson President’s Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes an outstanding Ryerson educator who has demonstrated continuing teaching excellence and who has made contributions to advancing teaching and learning at Ryerson.

The award recipient will receive a certificate of recognition and a one-time monetary award payment of $3,000 (subject to applicable deductions). The recipient will be invited to the annual Ryerson Awards Night, the Faculty Teaching Awards Luncheon and included in a Convocation Ceremony to present a Convocation Address.

Key criteria: Teaching

Nomination guidelines

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Eligibility and obligations

Who can be nominated?

  • Any member of the Ryerson Faculty Association who has been teaching full-time for at least the last five consecutive years in any of the six Faculties at Ryerson and who, to the best of their knowledge, will be teaching at Ryerson for at least three more years, is eligible to be nominated for the President’s Award of Distinction.
    • Note: If a sabbatical is taken within that period of time, add one more year to the eligibility period.
  • No individual can be nominated for more than one university-wide teaching award in any given year. The University Teaching Awards Selection Committee (UTASC) tasked with selecting award recipients may choose to reassign a nomination to a different category, based on the best fit with the evidence, if a nominee agrees to it.
  • The nomination is valid only for the year in which it is made.
  • An unsuccessful nomination may be reconsidered the following year provided the nomination package has been updated to reflect any new contributions and/or achievements.
  • Any individual can receive the President's Award for Teaching Excellence only once.
  • By agreeing to be nominated, the nominee commits to cooperation with the nomination facilitator in providing supporting evidence. The nominee will also commit, if selected as the recipient, to:
    • attending the annual Faculty Teaching Awards Ceremony,
    • delivering a Convocation Address at a Convocation ceremony,
    • giving a presentation at the Ryerson Faculty Conference in May of the same year,
    • sharing their teaching philosophy with fellow instructors by making it available for posting on the Learning & Teaching Office website, and
    • serving on the University Teaching Awards Selection Committee for the following year’s awards.
Who can submit a nomination?

Any member of the Ryerson Community (faculty, student or staff) can nominate someone for the President's Award for Teaching Excellence.

Award criteria

The nomination file should clearly address the two award criteria as described below.

  1. Continuing teaching excellence
  2. Contributions to advancing teaching and learning at Ryerson

While some of the criteria and examples listed above are similar to those for other Ryerson teaching awards, it is expected that the recipient would demonstrate a greater depth and breadth of his/her record, as appropriate for the prominence of the Ryerson President’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Nomination process

The nomination process for the Chancellor’s, President’s and Provost’s awards follow a two-stage process. If the nominator is a student, he/she is encouraged to contact the Faculty Awards Committee (FAC) via the Dean's Office to get assistance from a faculty advisor with compiling the nomination brief and with compiling the full nomination file. This is to ensure that the nomination reflects a full scope of the nominee’s activities.

Stage 1

  1. Obtain the nominee's permission.
  2. Prepare, in collaboration with the nominee, a Nomination Brief (one to two pages). The Nomination Brief should clearly address the nominee’s achievements according to each of the awards criteria. Should the nomination move forward to Stage 2, this Brief will serve as an executive summary for the full awards package.
  3. Submit the Brief in the Online Nomination Portal by the specified deadline for consideration by the FAC.

Each Faculty can submit only one candidate for the President’s Award of Distinction. The Faculty candidate will be selected by the FAC. Once the FAC makes its selections/recommendations, nominators will be notified as to whether their candidate has been selected to move forward to the second stage of the process.

Stage 2

  1. The nominator compiles a Full Nomination file detailing the record of the nominee’s accomplishments and submits through the Online Nomination Portal.
  2. The FAC will request an endorsement letter from the Dean, to be included in the candidate’s Full Nomination file that is to be submitted online by the deadline.
  3. Nominees will be prompted by email to log in to the Online Nomination Portal and upload their CV.
Nomination package

The required components of the nomination for the President's Award of Distinction are:

  • A Nomination Brief prepared by the nominator, submitted in Stage 1 of the nomination process.
  • A Citation (no more than 100 words). Highlight why the nominee deserves this award and any notable achievements. This citation will be included in related university communication if the nominee is selected.
  • A statement of the nominee’s Teaching Philosophy (one to three pages). This statement shows evidence of reflection on one’s practices related to fostering student learning and intellectual growth, to teaching and learning contributions at Ryerson that transcend the Faculty and to possible contributions to teaching and learning outside Ryerson.
  • A Summary of Teaching Evaluations (one page) over a minimum of five consecutive years – please do not submit copies of raw data, instead tabulate (or provide a graph of) the relevant information on a single page.
  • A modified Curriculum Vitae (one to four pages) focusing on the nominee’s teaching, educational leadership, achievements and other contributions to teaching and learning, as distinct from a standard CV pertaining to the nominee’s field of expertise. For example, do not include field-specific research publications, but do include presentations at the Faculty Conference and other educational conferences, workshops on teaching and learning, textbooks, teaching awards, etc.
  • Letters of support (one page maximum each) that provide specific examples of why the nominee should be considered for the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence. There should be a minimum of six supporting letters, and they should include:
    • A letter written by the Dean;
    • At least two letters from an undergraduate student, graduate student (if relevant), or alumna/alumnus (if the nominator is a student ,there has to be at least one letter from a student other than the nominator);
    • At least one letter from a colleague (if the nominator is a colleague, there has to be at least one letter from a colleague other than the nominator);
    • At least one letter from an administrator, other than the letter from the Dean;;
    • At least one letter from outside the nominee’s School/Department.
  • The nominator has the option of providing supporting materials containing additional evidence for how the criteria have been met (four page maximum).

Students writing support letters should disclose their relationship with the nominee (e.g. current student, former student, research assistant, working under nominee’s supervision, etc.).

The nomination file should clearly address the Award Criteria.

Selection process

The Ryerson President’s Award for Teaching Excellence recipient is selected by the University Teaching Awards Selection Committee (UTASC). The UTASC mandate is to help advance teaching and learning at Ryerson through the university-wide Teaching Awards Program by ensuring that high quality candidates whose achievements meet or exceed the awards criteria are selected for the available university teaching awards.

Following notification to all nominees and nominators, the Provost will make a public announcement regarding all Awards recipients.

Important dates

November 8 by noon: All Nomination Briefs are to be submitted online including the nominee's online consent.

November 18: Deadline for each FAC to select a candidate, if any, for the President’s Award of Distinction and for the Chair of the FAC to communicate the results to all nominees and their nominators.

December 9 by 4 p.m.: All completed nomination files for the President’s Award of Distinction must be submitted online.

January 13: Deadline for the UTASC to complete their deliberations. The Committee reserves the right not to confer the President’s Award of Distinction in any given year if no suitable candidate is identified.

January 19: The results are communicated to the recipient’s nominator, as well as to all unsuccessful nominees and their nominators.

Contact

Michelle Schwartz, Learning and Teaching Office at michelle.schwartz@ryerson.ca or 416-979-5000, ext. 2094

Calendar

Nomination deadline
Nov 8 at noon

Including nominee's online consent

Recipients of this award are celebrated at two events:

Faculty Teaching Luncheon
Ryerson Awards Night

For questions or more information regarding this award, please contact:

Learning and Teaching Office
Michelle Schwartz
Instructional Design and Research Strategist
michelle.schwartz@ryerson.ca, ext. 2094