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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, The Creative School, Faculty of Community Services, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Faculty of Law, 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

2021 Recipients

Christopher Ambedkar

School of Graphic Communications Management, Faculty of Communication and Design

Chris Ambedkar is the Contract Lecturer the world needs right now. Chris is an empathetic educator, committed to high quality learning experiences. He is passionate about education, working as a communications leader for the Ministry Colleges & Universities, and teaching undergraduate and graduate students in FCAD. With a focus on equity, diversity and inclusion, his classroom is experiential, full of self-reflection and connection to industry. The Scholars Strike speaking panel Chris organized is a perfect example of what it’s like to be his student. This award is a celebration of Chris’ innovative approach to teaching and dedication to his students.

Finlay Braithwaite

RTA School of Media, Faculty of Communication and Design

RTA School of Media graduate Finlay Braithwaite is recognized as one of FCAD’s most dedicated, innovative, and effective lecturers. A two-time winner of the FCAD “Prof. that Made a Mark” Award, Finlay has never shied away from devoting countless hours of his time outside of class to his students, whether through holding additional supplemental workshops; observing and supervising student productions in the field; or helping place students with internships and gainful employment. In addition to his ability as a gifted teacher and mentor, Finlay stands out as a curricular innovator, with equity, diversity, and inclusion the hallmarks of his courses.

Ciro Fernando Bustillo Lecompte

School of Occupational and Public Health, Faculty of Community Services

Dr. LeCompte has set himself apart amongst his peers in terms of his professional qualifications, teaching expertise and personal involvement. Dr. LeCompte is a Professional Engineer (PEng) in Ontario with distinctive degrees at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels. He has extensive experience in both industry and academia, allowing him to draw on each when needed. Finally, In addition to numerous conference presentations, Dr. LeCompte has published over 20 articles in high-impact journals, as well as six conference proceedings, two book chapters and three books.

Frank D'Onofrio

Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Arts

Frank D’Onofrio is the Distinguished Public Servant in Residence in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. Currently, Frank teaches the Policy Enrichment Seminar as part of the Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program. This course is designed to enrich students’ knowledge of the policy process and enhance career readiness for policy work in the public, non-profit and private sectors. Frank is instrumental to the creation and the delivery of PES, which is consistently rated as one of the best courses in the MPPA program in terms of quality and career applicability.

Devin Glowinski

Community Services, The Chang Shool of Continuing Education

Devin Glowinski has been teaching at The Chang School, Interdisciplinary Studies, since 2013. He creates relevant course content that intersects the built environment with community health. Devin was previously a guest critic and advisor with a project at the Ryerson School of Interior Design due to his former role at Ontario Ministry of Health as a lead on the province’s Dementia Strategy. Students there were tasked with creating a conceptual redesign of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario’s offices. Devin truly practices interdisciplinary collaboration on campus by building practical experiences for learners and by seeking opportunities to collaborate across different faculties.

Kateryna Metersky

Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Faculty of Community Services

Dr. Metersky is an engaging and highly enthusiastic educator, well - respected colleague and team-player, dedicated clinician, and committed researcher. In all areas of her professional life, Dr. Metersky continuously strives to learn, grow and innovate ensuring she continues to create and utilize effective teaching and learning approaches in her clinical setting, classroom (whether online or in person), and beyond. Dr. Metersky’s inclusive, diverse and student-focused approaches to teaching and learning are exemplary. As one of her past students mentioned, Dr. Metersky’s “passion for nursing and and academia is inspiring”.

Adam Prokop

School of Accounting and Finance, Department of Finance, Ted Rogers School of Management

Mr. Prokop is a dedicated instructor with a passion for finance who strives to connect theoretical concepts with practical applications. He constantly endeavours to improve the student experience by building original projects on topics including data analytics, financial modeling, investments, and personal finance. He has also provided training in financial software, coding, and other technical knowledge that multiple students have credited as being essential to their long-term career ambitions. Beyond the classroom, Mr. Prokop has provided additional guidance on pursuing professional designations, including speaking at student-run events geared towards aspiring finance professionals.

Past Recipients

  • Lovisa Fung
    School of Early Childhood Studies, Faculty of Community Services
  • Mignette Garvida
    Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Faculty of Arts
  • Catherine Jenkins
    School of Professional Communication, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Monica Sauer
    Department of Chemistry and Biology, Faculty of Science
  • Andre Serero
    Law and Business, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Isabella Trindade
    School of Interior Design, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Wai Yeung Yan
    Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • School of Disability Studies Team, Faculty of Community Services
    Jenna Reid
    Danielle Landry
  • 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