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Dean's Teaching Award - Contract Lecturers (CUPE 1 and 2) Recipients

The Dean's Teaching Awards – Contract Lecturers recognizes Ryerson CUPE Unit 1 and CUPE Unit 2 contract lecturers who have demonstrated continuing teaching excellence and achievement in instruction. The awards will be distributed according to the Faculty of the nominee: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Communication and Design, Faculty of Community Services, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Faculty of Science, the Ted Rogers School of Management, and the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

Award recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition and a monetary award of $2,000 as a one-time payment (subject to applicable deductions).

Key criteria: Teaching

2020 Recipients

Lovisa Fung

School of Early Childhood Studies, Faculty of Community Services

Lovisa Fung is an inspiring educator who commits herself to professional and personal growth. Her approach to life and learning is a model for students who wish to reach their full potential. Her creativity and sense of fun come to life in the classroom as she delivers course content in a way that students can relate to in their own lives. As a doctoral candidate, her research consistently informs her teaching. Lovisa's strong interpersonal skills promote well-being in the classroom. As a colleague, Lovisa is the best. She works seamlessly with others, creating and sharing ideas for best teaching practices.

Mignette Garvida

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Faculty of Arts

I am highly delighted to nominate Dr. Mignette Garvida for the Dean's Teaching Awards. Ever since I met her, I was immediately impressed not only by her dedication and commitment to teaching, but also by her leadership role. Her strong determination in improving the classroom experience at Ryerson can be seen thanks to a classroom research project which made a measurable impact on students. I personally witnessed the impact of this project from first-hand experience when I ran into various students telling me about how it has benefitted them in their learning experience. I strongly recommend her for this award.

Catherine Jenkins

School of Professional Communication, Faculty of Communication and Design

Dr. Catherine Jenkins is an exceptionally talented, dedicated and innovative contract lecturer who has motivated, inspired and mentored students across the University in her ProCom courses. Catherine regularly goes beyond expectations through the integration of theatre-based and technology-enhanced experiential learning into ProCom courses and through her passionate and insightful contributions to the work of our BA Curriculum Committee as well as our teaching and learning events and student mental health initiatives. Catherine's tireless commitment to developing safe, inclusive and rich learning environments positively impacts the experience of hundreds of Ryerson students every year.

Monica Sauer

Department of Chemistry and Biology, Faculty of Science

Dr. Sauer is an excellent instructor who incorporates different teaching methods such as visual learning, e-learning, classroom discussions and practical applications to enhance the student learning experience. Her teaching philosophy which focuses on helping students to enjoy and appreciate learning is to be admired. She helps students use their critical thinking skills to understand the material in her courses. Dr. Sauer goes beyond the classroom setting to help her students by always offering her help and guidance. She focuses on promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Ryerson community. She is truly an inspiration and an asset to Ryerson's Faculty.

Andre Serero

Law and Business, Ted Rogers School of Management

Andre Serero is a consummate educator, combining a mastery of his subject matter with a passion for mentorship. His knowledge of corporate law is surpassed only by his enthusiasm for teaching its nuances to students. His ceaseless passion for the topic, and his undying dedication to his students is obvious to anyone who sets foot in his classroom. Andre consistently garners absolutely first-rate feedback from students, who praise his enthusiasm, his dedication, and his ability to inspire.

Isabella Trindade

School of Interior Design, Faculty of Communication and Design

Isabella Trindade is a passionate and enthusiastic instructor, recognized by her open-door approach as well as her actions inside and outside of classroom, making positive contributions to students' lives. Her experience as an architect, interior designer, and educator, having lived and worked in Brazil, France, Spain, and Canada has helped her to provide students with a global perspective by encouraging them to consider a variety of cultural and social themes through the lens of interior design, and to think beyond their local context.

Wai Yeung Yan

Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

As a Ph.D. graduate of Ryerson, Dr. Yan has been contributing to the university's teaching and outreach activities since 2008, both on and off the campus. In the classroom, he brought in success stories, technology norms, industrial practice and associated standards fused with his personal views and experience. His creativity in teaching can also be found in his newly developed youtube channel, which uses infographic examples to illustrate sophisticated algorithms in data science and machine learning. Outside the classroom, he has been very active in participating promotion events, including Science Rendezvous Event, Ontario Universities Fair, Ryerson "Back to Class", etc.

School of Disability Studies Team, Faculty of Community Services

  • Jenna Reid 
  • Danielle Landry 

In the School of Disability Studies, Jenna Reid and Danielle Landry collaborate to teach two undergraduate courses that are advancing the exciting field of Mad Studies. Drawing from social justice art practices, pop culture and multi-media, their non-traditional approach centers Mad history and knowledge. Working gently with a radical shift in point of view, they create real possibilities for transformative learning among students from a diverse range of faculties and programs. This award celebrates the rigor, responsiveness and respect they bring to team-teaching, the accessibility they practice in traditional and virtual classrooms, and their growing contributions to activist scholarship.

Past Recipients

  • Karen Arthurton
    School of Social Work, Faculty of Community Services
  • Else Grech
    School of Accounting and Finance, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Ehssan Hosseini Koupaie
    Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Lisa Marie Pena-Sabanal
    School of Child and Youth Care, Faculty of Community Services
  • Kirsten Schaefer
    School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Holliday Tyson
    International Midwifery, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
  • Diana Varma
    School of Graphic Communications Management, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Donna Barnes
    School of Nutrition, Faculty of Community Services
  • Ross Fair
    Department of History, Faculty of Arts
  • Judy Healy
    School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Laurie Jacklin
    Arts Program Area - History, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
  • Valérie Kaelin
    School of Image Arts, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Steve Solomon
    School of Social Work, Faculty of Community Services
  • Jonathan Wong
    School of Graphic Communications Management, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Peter Bakogeorge
    School of Journalism, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Paul Chafe
    Department of English, Faculty of Arts
  • Omar Ha-Redeye
    Department of Law and Business, Ted Rogers School of Business Management
  • Chelsea Jones
    School of Disability Studies, Faculty of Community Services
  • Melissa Moos
    School of Occupational and Public Health, Faculty of Community Services
  • Nagina Parmar
    Department of Chemistry and Biology, Faculty of Science; and
    Science Program Area - Biology, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
  • Shahryar Rafiei
    Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Anna Romanovska
    School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication and Design