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Sue Williams Excellence in Teaching Award

The Sue Williams Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes instructors for their outstanding performance and dedication to teaching graduate and undergraduate students in the Faculty of Community Services.

  • Nominees must be RFA or contract lecturers at the Faculty of Community Services
  • Individuals who have received the award within the last five years are not eligible for nomination
  • Nominations, describing the qualities and characteristics of an exceptional teacher, are submitted by students.
  • Nominators must be current Ryerson University undergraduate or graduate students (supporting testimonials from alumnae are excepted).

The nominee should demonstrate excellence in three of the following areas:

  • Communicates effectively in the classroom, studio, field practice or laboratory
  • Engages students in the subject using a variety of teaching methods
  • Influences development of students’ intellectual and critical thinking
  • Inspires students as a role model for personal and/or professional development
  • Maintains an approachable and accessible stance towards students

Before submitting the nomination:

Reminder: Individuals who have recieved the award within the past 5 years ARE NOT eligible for nomination.

  • Have you checked to ensure your nominee has not been nominated by anyone else?
  • Have you obtained your nominees permission?
  • Have you proofread your statement?
  • Have all the support letters been signed?
  • Have you provided concrete examples of teaching excellence?

Submit a completed nomination application by February 28, at www.ryerson.ca/recognition, opens in new window.

A completed nomination includes:

  • A summary (maximum 150 words) of the nominee’s excellence in teaching, suitable for reading as a citation. This can be prepared in collaboration with the nominee
  • A nomination brief (maximum 500 words) describing examples of the how the instructor demonstrates excellence in three of the following areas:
    • Communicates effectively in the classroom, studio, field practice or laboratory
    • Engages students in the subject using a variety of teaching methods (give specific examples of these methods)
    • Influences development of students’ intellectual and critical thinking
    • Inspires students as a role model for personal and/or professional development
    • Maintains an approachable and accessible stance towards students.
  • Include your program name and current year of study in the nomination brief.
  • Three testimonials (maximum 150 words) from fellow students and alumni who are not the primary nominator

The FCS Learning and Teaching Committee evaluates nominations for the Sue Williams Excellence in Teaching Award and selects an award recipient. The committee may decide not to present an award in a given year.

  • Nominations open on February 1
  • Nominations close on February 28

Administrative Coordinator
Name: Sarah Bukhari
Telephone: 416-979-5000, ext. 4641
Email: sarah.bukhari@ryerson.ca

Teaching Chair
Name: Marni Binder
Email: mbinder@ryerson.ca