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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 may be included)

The nominee should demonstrate strength or excellence in each 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 received the award within the past 5 years ARE NOT eligible for nomination.

  • Obtain the nominees permission
    • Have you checked with your nominee to ensure they have not been nominated by anyone else?
    • Have you checked with your nominee that they have not received the Sue Williams Award within the past 5 years?
  • Complete the nomination package as described below
    • Have you proofread your statement?
    • Have all the support letters/testimonials been signed?
    • Have you provided concrete examples of teaching strength or excellence for each award criteria?

Submit a completed nomination application by March 1, 2021 via the Online Nomination Portal.

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 strength or excellence in each 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.
  • Maximum of three testimonials (maximum 150 words each) from fellow students and alumni who are not the primary nominator

An FCS adjudication committee consisting of members of the FCS Learning and Teaching Committee and past award recipients evaluates nominations for the Sue Williams Excellence in Teaching Award and selects an award recipient.  While two awards are usually presented yearly, the Committee reserves the right to offer greater or fewer number of awards.

  • Nominations open on February 1, 2021
  • Nominations close on March 1, 2021

For more information on the award and nomination process, please contact:

Katy Fahimi, Administrative Coordinator
Email: katy.fahimi@ryerson.ca

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