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Chancellor's Award of Distinction Recipients

The Ryerson Chancellor’s Award of Distinction will be conferred on an educator recognized within the Ryerson Community as an exemplary model of life-long career commitment to teaching and learning as evidenced by significant contributions over time to advancing teaching and learning at Ryerson, by sustained educational leadership and by an outstanding and sustained record of teaching excellence.

The award recipient will receive a certificate of recognition and a one-time monetary award payment of $5,000 (subject to applicable deductions).

Key criteria: Teaching

2020 recipient

Andrew Laursen

Department of Chemistry and Biology, Faculty of Science

Across all letters in support of Dr. Laursen is the resounding sentiment, “I cannot think of a better example of excellence in the arena of teaching and learning at Ryerson.” His innovative teaching focuses on experiential learning and include: flipped classrooms; students developed podcasts; Halloween parades; and development of a first year “Biology Kit” for a lab away from lab project. Andy has taught and excelled in both large and small classrooms as evidenced by his incredibly high student evaluation scores. He is also currently GPD of the EnSciMan Graduate Program and a key builder of graduate education at Ryerson.

Past recipients

  • Medhat Shehata
    Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Dana Lee
    RTA School of Media, Faculty of Communication and Design


  • Janice Waddell
    Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Faculty of Community Services