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

2021 recipients

Richard Adams

School of Graphic Communications Management, Faculty of Communication and Design

Richard Adams joined Ryerson in 2006 after working for several years in the graphic communications industry. Dr. Adams practices a student-centered teaching philosophy. He has written free e-books for students, makes a point to include students in research projects, and brings students to industry conferences. Dr. Adams actively engages students in all aspects of learning. Dr. Adams’s teaching philosophy includes developing extensive hands-on activities, providing succinct written materials to explain concepts and provide instructions, and providing individual help to students who have questions, have a special interest in the topics taught, or have difficulty following the techniques shown in lab.

Shana Almeida

School of Professional Communication, Faculty of Communication and Design

As ProCom’s Assistant Professor in Race and Political Communication, Shana Almeida has made significant contributions to curriculum enhancement, particularly with regard to EDI integration, and has demonstrated exceptional talent, dedication, leadership and innovation in the delivery of our large lecture courses. Each year, hundreds of students in ProCom and many other programs benefit tremendously from Shana’s dedication and talent in creating exceptional student learning experiences. Shana consistently goes above and beyond expectations in her teaching, curriculum development, leadership on EDI, and one-on-one mentorship and support of our undergraduate and graduate students.

Linying Dong

School of Information Technology Management, Ted Rogers School of Management

Dr. Linying Dong is a passionate educator who is devoted to relevant, timely, and value-added teaching by introducing up-to-date knowledge from industries and equipping students with skills and experience of popular software applications. The recipient of Ryerson Provost’s Award for Experiential Teaching, Dr. Dong has never stopped applying innovative teaching methods to engage students, inspire learning, and most importantly, enhance their learning curiosity. To Dr. Dong, her strong motivation for teaching excellence derives from the sense of the responsibility of not only helping students succeed in university studies, but also helping them score well in their real exam—life.

David Gauntlett

School of Creative Industries, Faculty of Communication and Design

For more than 20 years, David Gauntlett has demonstrated that it is possible to be a passionate and innovative teacher, as well as a leading researcher. Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, he has delighted students with an enthusiastic and engaging set of online innovations, bringing knowledge to life, and supporting learners to do their best in these difficult times. In 2020, he also launched a raft of other initiatives, including The Black Mosaic, led by and for Black creatives; Creativity Conversations, online coaching and support; two series of online workshops; and the Creativity Everything podcast.

Sonya Graci

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

Dr. Sonya Graci has demonstrated teaching leadership and excellence through the experiential course HTT800 “The Arctic Experience: Examining Issues, Policies and Sustainable Livelihoods in Canada’s North” as well as through the course “Research and Data Analysis.” In the past year, she was the recipient of two Learning and Teaching Awards, an Aboriginal Education Council Curriculum Funding Grant, and a Global Learning Award for the development of field courses related to sustainability and Indigenous issues. Dr. Graci has excelled within the concepts of experiential learning, sustainability, and Indigenous issues, all considered important teaching and research pillars at Ryerson and TRSM.

Vincent Hui

Department of Architectural Science, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Professor Vincent Hui is an ideal candidate for the Dean’s Teaching Award as he exemplifies boundless passion and energy in the Department of Architectural Science and Ryerson University at large. Throughout the years, Vincent has introduced emerging technologies, research, diversity, hands-on collaboration, industry initiatives, and experiential learning to the department. His commitment to inclusivity and innovation is prevalent through his contributions in various university and department initiatives. He has been a key leader in the introduction of new methods of instruction while his mentorship has played an essential role in the success of students in both academic and industry contexts.

Treisha Hylton

School of Child and Youth Care, Faculty of Community Services

Treisha Hylton is a smart, sophisticated Black educator who has inspired all students to think critically, to engage with anti-Black racism in all life contexts, and to absorb complex and difficult materials related to child abuse and trauma through a lens that is inclusive of myriad lived experiences. Treisha has mastered the art of relational pedagogy in ways that engage everyone. Her classes are more than an academic event; they are gatherings of many different communities with the common goal of exploring life as it is and a future that includes everyone.

Saber Moradi

Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Dr. Saber Moradi has demonstrated excellent teaching skills since joining Ryerson University as an Assistant Professor in 2017. In classroom, he effectively uses innovative teaching methods to attract students’ interest in Structural Engineering – going beyond the course syllabus. His teaching survey results with lots of positive feedback from students clearly prove his excellence in teaching large and small classes. At the national level, he is actively serving on the Student Affairs Committee with the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. His leadership, commitment, passion, and hard work in teaching contribute significantly to the success of our students at Ryerson University.

Tracey Raney

Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Arts

Dr. Tracey Raney's teaching contributions demonstrate her commitment to building students' leadership capacities through practical, first-hand experiences. In 2018, she co-founded (with Peggy Nash) Ryerson's 'Women in the House' program, which brings women-identifying Faculty of Arts students to Parliament Hill where they shadow a woman MP for a day, attend Question Period, and meet with politicians, staffers, and policy analysts. As a course, POG 494 combines knowledge of women’s leadership with professional development workshops and networking events with some of Canada's top women leaders. Her overall teaching approach focuses on mentorship and creating a more inclusive Canadian democracy.

Fatih Sekercioglu

School of Occupational and Public Health, Faculty of Community Services

For his exceptional perseverance and commitment to student success during the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. His continued guidance, patience, flexibility and knowledge are incredible resources for both Ryerson University and for the students fortunate enough to enroll in his courses.

Kathleen Wilkie

Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science

Dr. Wilkie teaches to inspire interest and success in mathematics by demonstrating how it applies to every-day life. She motivates concepts with real-world examples and applications from her research in human disease, including cancer. In a field that many find challenging, Dr. Wilkie’s lecturing methods set students up for success by simultaneously building up their fundamental understanding, intuition, and confidence. Her comprehensive teaching style and use of real-life examples and physical props engages students with the course material in fun and memorable ways.

Past recipients

  • Constantine Angyridis
    Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts
  • Marty Fink
    School of Professional Communication, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Johanne Jean-Pierre
    School of Child and Youth Care, Faculty of Community Services
  • Karen Peesker
    School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Frank Russo
    Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
  • Greggory Todd Springer
    Department of Physics, Faculty of Science
  • Vicki St. Denys
    School of Performance, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Kimberly Varma
    Department of Criminology, Faculty of Arts
  • Sean Wise
    Entrepreneur & Strategy, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • 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