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Dean's Teaching Award – Faculty (RFA) Recipients

The Deans’ Teaching Award – Faculty recognizes Ryerson faculty members (RFA) 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, and the Ted Rogers School of Management.

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). 

2020 recipients

Constantine Angyridis

Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts

Dr. Constantine Angyridis is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher who has inspired many generations of economics students at Ryerson. In particular, Dr. Angyridis is renowned for his undergraduate course on Advanced Macroeconomics, which many students have cited as being instrumental in their decision to pursue graduate studies in the field. As Undergraduate Program Director in Economics, Dr. Angyridis has worked tirelessly to support the growth in the BA in International Economics and Finance.

Marty Fink

School of Professional Communication, Faculty of Communication and Design

Dr. Fink's efforts to bring awareness to Trans issues at Ryerson through their innovative teaching make them worthy of the FCAD teaching award. Dr. Fink's course Trans 101 simultaneously supports students who are themselves trans/gender non-conforming and creates a safe and welcoming learning environment for students who have never had any prior access to or exposure about information related to queerness, sexuality, or trans issues. Dr. Fink's efforts represent the first Ryerson course dedicated specifically to transgender issues. It does so intersectionally, by teaching trans communication studies through frameworks including Black Lives Matter, disability theory, and decolonization.

Johanne Jean-Pierre

School of Child and Youth Care, Faculty of Community Services

Johanne is a remarkable teacher, pedagogic researcher, curriculum developer, and motivational coach for students. Aside from her extensive focus on experiential teaching methods, she has demonstrated enormous efforts to facilitate and accompany many students to national conferences in order to make presentations; she continuously facilitates the attendance of especially Black students at important community events such as the Viola Desmond Awards, and she worked tirelessly to lift the curriculum of our School to the highest levels of quality, innovation and excellence. Her contributions are priceless.

Karen Peesker

School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ted Rogers School of Management

Dr. Karen Peesker creates unique and engaging learning opportunities, which expand beyond the traditional classroom environment. Her students appreciate her enthusiasm for teaching and her passion for developing future business leaders. When her former students reflect back upon their time in her classroom, they talk about how the experiential assignments she designed better prepared them for life after Ryerson, how the skills she taught them helped them to connect with industry professionals and how they look back at their time at Ryerson and remember her classes as providing some of the highlights of their university experience.

Frank Russo 

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Dr. Frank Russo has made exemplary contributions to teaching at Ryerson and beyond. These contributions encompass creativity in the classroom, the development of innovative curriculum that is unique to Ryerson, the fostering of research curiosity in students through dedicated supervision and mentorship, and the cultivation of research excellence in research clusters beyond his lab. Dr. Russo has also demonstrated a clear commitment to equity, diversion and inclusion by actively recruiting and seeking ways to accommodate and promote trainees from diverse backgrounds.

Greggory Todd Springer 

Department of Physics, Faculty of Science

Dr. Springer is a dedicated educator who joined Ryerson in 2016, where he has taught 18 science and engineering classes, including 8 different courses which range from large enrollment first-year engineering courses to upper division science courses. A firm believer in cooperative group problem solving and peer instruction, Dr. Springer incorporates interactive engagement techniques and e-learning resources in his courses to promote deep conceptual understanding. He has also worked to modernize and improve the introductory laboratory experiments with the creation of new experiments, and with the development of lab manuals which encourage active learning.

Vicki St. Denys 

School of Performance, Faculty of Communication and Design

Vicki St. Denys has contributed to the Ryerson Community significantly over the past twentyeight years. As an instructor, she has inspired hundreds of dancers with her detailed and passionate approach to jazz dance training. St. Denys' contributions to advancing learning at Ryerson go well beyond her teaching. Since joining our faculty, she has crafted new work and produced Ryerson Dances, successfully mentoring hundreds of students in the process. Since becoming Director of the Dance Program in 2013, her professionalism, commitment, generosity and vision have propelled the School of Performance to new levels of excellence and recognition.

Kimberly Varma 

Department of Criminology, Faculty of Arts

Dr. Kim Varma's is exceptionally committed to and passionate about teaching and curricular innovation. Dr. Varma critically engages her students through current academic research as well as through the narratives of those involved in the justice field. She brings curricular to life and scales her teaching methods and strategies to the size and level of her classes. As the former chair of the department, Dr. Varma took a leadership role in program design and development. She had an uncanny ability to motivate students and served as a role model for personal and professional development to students and junior faculty members.

Sean Wise

Entrepreneur & Strategy, Ted Rogers School of Management

Sean Wise is a passionate entrepreneurial educator. Seeing unmet needs, Sean co-authored a major Canadian Entrepreneurship textbook, hosted a TV show featuring underrepresented founders and created an online platform to facilitate entrepreneurial experiential learning. Sean's unique blend of entrepreneurial experience, unbridled passion and teaching pedagogy makes him an exemplary teacher. Not only does he facilitate learning, Sean inspires students to push themselves towards greatness. Sean believes that Entrepreneurship Empowers Everyone and as a teacher is focused on the twin pillars of inclusion and experiential learning.

Past recipients

  • Lydia Chen
    Department of Chemistry and Biology, Faculty of Science
  • Marianella Collette
    Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Faculty of Arts
  • Andrew D. Furman
    School of Interior Design, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Tom Griffin
    School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Julian Hasford
    School of Child and Youth Care, Faculty of Community Services
  • Farrokh Janabi-Sharifi
    Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Raffi Karshafian
    Department of Physics, Faculty of Science
  • Laleh Samarbakhsh
    School of Accounting and Finance, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Brennan Thompson
    Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts
  • Eva Woyzbun
    School of Professional Communication, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Becky Choma
    Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
  • Sara Edge
    Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Arts
  • Elsayed Elbeshbishy
    Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • William Huggon
    Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
  • Julie Kellershohn
    Marketing Management, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Adrian Ma
    School of Journalism, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Joseph Recupero
    RTA School of Media, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Jasna Schwind
    Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Faculty of Community Services
  • Oona St-Amant
    Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Faculty of Community Services
  • Sharareh Taghipour
    Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Melissa Toffanin
    School of Accounting and Finance, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Jonathon Anderson
    School of Interior Design, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Ebrahim Bagheri
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Roberto Botelho
    Department of Chemistry and Biology, Faculty of Science
  • Tara Collins
    School of Child and Youth Care, Faculty of Community Services
  • Anthony Francescucci
    Department of Marketing Management, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Sharonna Greenberg
    Department of Chemistry and Biology, Faculty of Science
  • Sarah Henstra
    Department of English, Faculty of Arts
  • John Shiga
    School of Professional Communication, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Farid Shirazi
    Information Technology Management, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • June Yee
    School of Social Work, Faculty of Community Services
  • Fei Yuan
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science