You are now in the main content area

Awards & Recognition

Ryerson Faculty of Arts Awards Ceremony

Acknowledging outstanding teaching & staff service

The Faculty of Arts invites applications for five teaching awards and two service recognition awards, to be presented annually at the end-of-year Arts Teaching and Service Recognition celebration. Each award consists of a certificate and a monetary component of $500.

1. The Slobodan Drakulic Cross-Disciplinary Teaching Award
Named in honour of the late Dr. Slobodan Drakulic (RFA faculty member, Sociology), this award recognizes faculty and/or contract lecturers who have demonstrated continuing excellence in teaching students from a wide variety of disciplines. Faculty and contract lecturers beyond their third year at Ryerson who teach classes that typically include students from a variety of programs, and who have developed innovative and successful approaches to engaging a diverse range of students, are eligible. (Open to CUPE 1 Contract Lecturers and RFA faculty)

2. The New Faculty Teaching Award
This award is open to pre-tenure faculty in their first three years at Ryerson who have demonstrated teaching excellence. Excellence can be demonstrated through a variety of measures, including student engagement, curriculum development, innovation, experiential learning, interdisciplinary learning, commitment to equity, diversity & inclusion, and contributions to the overall pedagogical development of their department. (Open to pre-tenure RFA faculty)

3. The Experiential Teaching Award
This award recognizes a faculty member or contract lecturer who has an outstanding teaching record and who has made contributions to advancing teaching and learning at Ryerson by integrating innovative and critical pedagogy and increasing student engagement through experiential learning. Experiential learning includes a variety of activities in which students learn through their direct engagement with a community, workplace or international experience. These can take the form of lab work, thesis/senior project courses, capstone courses, simulations, problem-based learning, case studies, field courses, service learning, career-integrated learning. (Open to CUPE 1 contract lecturers and RFA faculty)

4. Faculty of Arts Contract Lecturer Teaching Award
This award recognizes demonstrated teaching excellence among Contract Lecturers in the Faculty of Arts. Excellence may be measured in a number of ways, including enhancement of student engagement, creativity and innovation in teaching, experiential learning, fostering of equity and inclusion in the classroom. (Open to CUPE 1 contract lecturers who have taught in the Faculty of Arts at least one semester in the current academic year)

5. Faculty of Arts Innovation in Curriculum and Pedagogy Award
This award recognizes demonstrated excellence in innovations in curricular development and pedagogy. Excellence may be measured in a number of ways, including creativity and innovation in teaching, creation of new courses, course series, minors and other programs. Initiatives in course delivery, experiential learning opportunities and fostering of equity and inclusion in the classroom are of particular interest as are initiatives focused on SOTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning). (Open to CUPE 1 and RFA faculty)

6. Faculty of Arts Award in Transformative Learning and Teaching
This award recognizes the ongoing commitment and excellence of a faculty member in creating curriculum and other teaching and mentoring initiatives both inside and outside the classroom that serve to oppose colonialism and racism and contribute to revitalizing marginalized knowledge and pedagogies in the academy. (Open to CUPE 1 and RFA faculty)

7. Faculty of Arts Student Mentorship Award
Faculty play an important role in fostering student development and training of teaching and research assistants, peer mentors, student leaders and scholars.This award recognizes the outstanding work of a faculty member in mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students outside the classroom. (Open to CUPE 1 and RFA faculty)

  • A contract lecturer or faculty member may only be nominated for one Arts teaching award per year.
  • A contract lecturer or faculty member may not win more than one award in the same category during a 5-year period.
  • The awards will be adjudicated by the Faculty of Arts Teaching and Learning Committee, which consists of one member from each department in the Faculty of Arts and the Associate-Dean, Undergraduate Studies. Committee members may comment but not vote on applications from their own department.
  • The committee reserves the right not to grant an award in a given year.

Any member of the Ryerson Community (faculty, student or staff) may nominate someone for these awards. Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominators must:

  1. obtain the nominee’s permission;
  2. complete the Nomination Cover Page;
  3. write one of the letters of support;
  4. collect and submit a complete Nomination File to Kathleen Kellett, opens in new window,  Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Faculty of Arts, by Friday, May 7 at 5:00pm. All submissions must be made electronically.

A Nomination File must include:

  • A completed Nomination Cover Page;
  • The Nominee’s Teaching Statement (1 page), describing the teaching practices and contributions highlighted in the nomination file, and describing how and why these foster student learning, engagement, and intellectual growth;
  • Letters of support that provide specific examples of why the nominee should be considered for the award. There should be four to five supporting letters, and they should include:
    • Three letters from students or alumni. 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.);
    • One to two letters from colleagues. If the nominator is a colleague, the nominator will provide the required letter (see #3 under “Nomination Procedure,” above); if the nominator is a student or Ryerson staff member, they must obtain a letter of support from a colleague of the nominee.
  • For all awards except the Teaching and SRC Excellence Award, a modified C.V. (maximum 4 pages) focusing on the nominee’s teaching, educational leadership, achievements and other contributions to teaching and learning, as distinct from a standard C.V. pertaining to the nominee’s field of expertise.
  • For the Teaching and SRC Excellence Award only, a modified C.V. (maximum 8 pages) focusing on the nominee’s contributions to teaching and learning, and on the nominee’s SRC contributions, awards, and honours.

The Faculty of Arts Service Recognition Award is about recognizing those who have excelled in their role to create a significant change and impact, not only within the department but also to the Faculty and university. This award recognizes those who demonstrate a passion for student experience and engagement, collaboration, innovative program building and research, and collegiality.

The award will be granted to two staff members whose nomination packages best demonstrate outstanding performance. Each award includes a $500 honorarium administered by the Dean’s Office at the end of the academic year.

In addition to the honorarium, award recipients will receive a letter of commendation from the Dean included in their employee file, an award plaque, and a profile on the Faculty of Arts website.

Contact / Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Melissa Wong;, opens in new window; Ext. 2266.

The award is open to MAC and OPSEU full-time and term staff who have been employed by Ryerson for a minimum of 12 months and support the Faculty of Arts. Award nominees must not have been recipients of the award during the preceding four years. Selection committee members are not eligible to receive the award.

The award recognizes extraordinary contributions that consistently model behavior exemplifying excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  • Relationship Building Skills – Builds relationships with individuals. Aims to assist through attentiveness and genuine commitment to understand and help. Works collaboratively within a team valuing different perspectives. Builds bridges among individuals and groups to achieve results.
  • Clear Communication Skills – Listens, asks the right questions, and meets the need of the students, staff, and faculty.
  • Goal/Results Oriented Focus – Is proactive, highly organized, and focused on following through to achieve results in a timely manner.
  • Role Model Behaviour – Exhibits strong collaboration skills with all related stakeholders including peers, faculty, and students. Mentors and helps peers and others, including new individuals who join the Arts and department teams. Promotes a sense of community and team by valuing the input of others.
  • Excellence – Works to resolve issues as they arise and shares solutions with others where it may be relevant to the collective team. Is an innovative and creative thinker. Navigates through the current state of processes to find better and more efficient outcomes. Strives for quality and best practice.
  • Positive Attitude – Leaves a lasting, positive impression on others and demonstrates energy and excitement about the work that we do. Goes out of his or her way to help.
  • Team Focus – Works collaboratively within the department, across departments, and cross functionally.

Nominations must be submitted on the official form no later than Friday, May 7th at 5 p.m.

  • Nominations may be submitted by faculty members, staff, chairs, supervisors, or students and must be approved by the nominee. Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • The nominator must include a letter describing how the nominee is outstanding in at least one of the criteria areas and how the nominee demonstrates strong performance in at least three other areas. Additional documentation, including letters of support, testimonials from colleagues and clients are welcome. Detailed guidelines are included in the Nomination form link.
  • Multiple nominations for the same candidate are not permitted for a single competition.
  • If multiple nominators wish to submit a package for a single candidate, they may submit jointly. Unsuccessful candidates may be nominated again in subsequent competitions with an updated nomination package.

Staff Recognition Award winners


Lisa Benadiba, Department of English & Department of Geography & Environmental Studies

Alvin Ying, Office of the Dean of Arts


The Faculty of Arts Teaching Awards winners


The Slobodan Drakulic Cross-Disciplinary Teaching Award

Paula Schwebel, Department of Philosophy

Dana Osborne, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures


The New Faculty Teaching Award

Lauren Kirshner, Department of English


The Excellence in Teaching First-Year Classes Award

Patrice Dutil, Department of Politics & Public Administration


The Experiential Teaching Award

Kym MacLaren, Department of Philosophy


Faculty of Arts Contract Lecturer Teaching Award

Angélique Bernabé, Department of Economics

TEACHING AND SRC EXCELLENCE AWARD - Andrew Millward, department of Geography and Environmental Studies

NEW FACULTY AWARD - Katherine Zubovich, department of History


EXPERIENTIAL TEACHING AWARD - Karim Bardeesy, Dean of Arts Office

EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING FIRST-YEAR CLASSES AWARD - Meagan MacKenzie, department of Psychology

STAFF RECOGNITION AWARD - Melissa Paola, department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

STAFF RECOGNITION AWARD - Yumi Numata, Yellowhead Institute


NEW FACULTY AWARD - Daniel Alati, Criminology




STAFF RECOGNITION AWARD - Mariam Hashemi Wong, Politics

STAFF RECOGNITION AWARD - Neha Tharkordas, Economics