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Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence Recipients

The Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes Ryerson educators or groups of educators with outstanding teaching records, and who have made contributions to advancing teaching and learning at Ryerson. Nominations should focus on i) innovation in teaching, ii) inclusive teaching, or iii) experiential teaching. Up to three awards will be given out annually.

Individual recipients receive a certificate of recognition and a one-time monetary award of $2,000 (subject to applicable deductions). Group recipients receive individual certificates and a total one-time monetary award of $2,000 (subject to applicable deductions) to be shared equally among members. 

2021 recipient

Linda Zhang

School of Interior Design, Faculty of Communication and Design

Professor Linda Zhang’s outstanding achievement in Teaching Excellence not only explores innovative and emergent technologies, but uses these in her teaching to address important social-cultural issues including questions of diversity and inclusion, community-led design, and community resilience based pandemic response. Most recently she has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 McGill Toronto Excellence Award recognizing an alum who demonstrates early professional success and future leadership in their field. Professor Zhang’s students benefit from her dynamic research that informs her teaching resulting in exceptional, hands-on experiences for students to engage in advanced technology and community initiatives.

Past recipients

  • Louis-Etienne Dubois
    School of Creative Industries, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Elsayed Elbeshbishy
    Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Naomi Hamer
    Department of English, Faculty of Arts

Provost’s Experiential Teaching Award

  • Judy Finlay
    School of Child and Youth Care, Faculty of Community Services
  • Richard Lachman
    Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic

Provost’s Innovative Teaching Award

  • Tae Hart
    Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Provost’s Experiential Teaching Award

  • Linying Dong
    Information Technology Management, Ted Rogers School of Management

Provost’s Experiential Teaching Award

  • Christopher Gibbs
    School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Vicki Van Wagner
    Midwifery Education Program, Faculty of Community Services

Provost’s Innovative Teaching Award

  • Marni Binder
    School of Early Childhood Studies, Faculty of Community Services