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Faculty Teaching Chairs

The Faculty Teaching Chair program was established to provide leadership in cultivating teaching excellence at Ryerson. Each Faculty selected one Faculty Teaching Chair through a process that considered the applicants’ interest and skill in teaching and learning. The Faculty Teaching Chairs participated in a Leadership Institute sponsored by the Learning and Teaching Office (LTO), serve on an advisory committee for the LTO, and chair a Faculty Teaching Committee composed of representatives from each of the Schools and Departments in their Faculty.

This exciting new program will foster Faculty-specific peer collaboration and develop resources to enhance the student and faculty teaching and learning experience.


  • Chairs a Faculty Teaching Committee comprised of school/department representatives
  • Provides Leadership in cultivating teaching skills for faculty members and TA/GAs
  • Promotes excellence in teaching
  • Develops an action plan and annual outcome report for the Dean and Director, LTO
  • Participates in the Leadership Institute led by LTO
  • Forms part of the advisory committee to the LTO
  • May be a member of the Senate Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Provides leadership and development on Teaching Dossiers to faculty and DAC
  • Collaborates with the designated Faculty Professional Librarian



  • Tenured, mid career (RFA)
  • History of interest and skill in teaching and learning
  • Knowledge of excellence in teaching within the department (possible award winner and may have successfully led teaching related initiatives)



  • Helps provide core programs with the LTO (NFO, UTDP, ISW)
  • Cultivates an evidence informed approach and promotes the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • Evaluates grant proposals related to teaching & learning initiatives
  • Advises faculty members on classroom teaching issues, classroom management, best teaching /learning practices etc.


Contact the Teaching Chairs

Faculty of Arts - TBD

Ann Rauhala, Faculty of Communication and Design, School of Journalism
Ext. 6403,

Marni Binder, Faculty of Community Services, Early Childhood Studies
Ext. 7130,

Medhat Shehata, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Civil Engineering
Ext. 6457,

Faculty of Science - TBD

Frances Gunn, Ted Rogers School of Management, Retail Management
Ext. 6798,

Don Kinder, Library
Ext. 6899,

Linda Koechli, Chang School
Ext. 7872,


Meet the Teaching Chairs

Ann Rauhala, Faculty of Communication and Design - Journalism

Ann Rauhala

Ann Rauhala is an Associate Professor in the Ryerson School of Journalism in the Faculty of Communication and Design. A Ryerson journalism graduate herself, she came back to teach after a 17-year career as an editor, columnist and correspondent for The Globe and Mail and CBC television. She has designed and taught variety of reporting and editing courses to undergraduate and graduate students and has co-chaired the school’s curriculum committee. She holds an Honours B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of Toronto.

Ann has been involved in a wide range of university activities since she began as a contract instructor. Most recently, she was RSJ’s Associate Chair. She has served on the Senate, the FCAD Teaching Committee, the Research Ethics Board, the journalism alumni association and numerous hiring, curriculum, advisory and awards committees. 

Ann won the FCAD Deans' Teaching Award in 2010 and has a longstanding interest in student and faculty well being. Her current research investigates whether resilience strategies may contribute to students’ professional practice. Her previous research focused on diversity and inclusion in Canada’s newsrooms as well as on how child care has been covered as a political issue in mainstream media. She is the editor and a contributor to The Lucky Ones, an anthology about international adoption.

Marnie Binder, Faculty of Community Services - Early Childhood Studies

Marni Binder

Marni Binder is an Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies (ECS).  Her focus on the importance of the scholarship of teaching and learning promotes and builds the capacities of her students through experiential and innovative methods.  Marni brings together active engagement, critical thinking and creative endeavours that involve the arts. She has been an active member of the Faculty of Community Services Learning and Teaching committee for over seven years.  Marni is the recipient of the Sue Williams Excellence in Teaching Award (2013) and the Provost’s Innovative Teaching Award (2017).  

Medhat Shehata, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science - Civil Engineering

Medhat Shehata

Medhat Shehata is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS) Teaching Chair. Medhat started his career at Ryerson in 2002. He received the FEAS Teaching Excellence Award in his first year (2002-2003) and the Teaching Excellence Award of the Group to Renew and Enhance Effective Teaching (GREET) in his second year (2003-2004). During his 12 years at Ryerson, Medhat has taken an active role in various activities that aim at enhancing students’ engagement and the learning environment at Ryerson. Medhat supervises a research team of graduate students and research associates carrying out projects in the area of concrete durability and sustainability.

Medhat has served in a number of academic and administrative committees at the university, national and international levels. At the university level, Medhat is currently serving in the Academic Standards Committee and had served in Ryerson’s Research Ethics Board for two terms (four years). At the national level, Medhat chaired the Engineering Mechanics and Materials Division of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering for two terms (2009-2013), and has been serving as a member of Canadian Standards Association. At the International Level, Medhat is a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and has served as a reviewer for major European grant applications.

Frances Gunn - Ted Rogers School of Management - Retail Management 

Dr. Frances Gunn has been an Assistant Professor with the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management since 2008.  In 2013, her contributions to Ryerson University were recognized by the students living in residence who presented her with the award for A Prof Who Made a Mark.

Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, Frances developed multiple programs for diverse groups of Ryerson students and worked with the Learning and Teaching Office to develop programs for Ryerson faculty. In addition, she provided education and training programs through her independent consulting firm for over twenty-five years.  In particular, her involvement with public and private organizations provided a multi-faceted perspective of the development of experiential learning.  Frances has also developed numerous programs utilizing hybrid forms of delivery and has represented the interests of Athabasca University, Canada’s distance education university, on a national basis. 


Don Kinder - Library

Don Kinder

Don Kinder is the Library Teaching Chair at Ryerson and the Head of Library Learning Services. He is also the liaison librarian for the Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Services Management programs. Don holds a Master's degree in library science from the University of Western Ontario. He is involved in many learning and teaching initiatives at Ryerson and has worked closely with the Learning and Teaching Office on numerous projects and is an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) facilitator. Don has also been a member of the Senate Learning and Teaching Committee for a number of years and is particularly interested in collaborating with faculty in embedding information literacy into the curriculum. He has a long-standing interest in student success and has been instrumental in the development and delivery of library research components into a number of student success courses at Ryerson. Don has been actively involved with the Ontario Library Association for over a decade and has served as president of the Ontario College and University Library Association. He was the recipient of the Ontario Library Association (OCULA) Academic Librarian of the Year Award in 2005 and the Ontario Council of University Faculty Association (OCUFA) Academic Librarianship Award in 2012.

Linda Koechli, Chang School

Linda Koechli

Linda Koechli, PhD, is currently Program Director, Business at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. Passionate about lifelong learning, she provides leadership in providing relevant, accessible, career-related programs to working professionals.

Linda is also currently The Chang School Teaching Chair. In this role, she provides leadership in fostering high quality teaching and learning within the School. She has 20 years experience training faculty in pedagogical best practices and since 2005 has focused on online teaching. Previously a manager with The Chang School’s Digital Education Strategies team, she played an integral role in establishing The Chang School as leader in online education in Canada. Linda’s expertise includes design, implementation and evaluation of online courses. She recently co-authored a research article with Maureen Glynn entitled “Diving into Lake Devo: Modes of Representation and Means of Interaction and Reflection in Online Role-Play.” It was published in The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learningin September 2014.