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AVP International's Global Learning Award

The AVP International's Global Learning Award recognizes an individual or team (faculty or staff) who have made significant contributions to Global Learning at Ryerson. The recognized activity or leadership can take place either on campus or abroad.

Individual recipients receive a certificate and a one-time monetary award of $2,000 (subject to applicable deductions). Team recipients (a group of two to ten individuals) receive individual certificates and a total one-time monetary award of $3,000 (subject to applicable deductions) to be shared equally among members.

Key criteria: Service, leadership, and innovation


Nomination guidelines

Eligibility and obligations

Who can be nominated?

  • Ryerson faculty and staff (i.e. Senior Administrator or Director, MAC, CUPE 233, CUPE 3904, or OPSEU), with at least one year of service, employed on a career or term basis.
    • Note: Individuals who have Global Learning-related responsibilities are included for consideration; however, it is understood that nominees’ contributions that go above and beyond their work responsibilities will be considered.
  • Nominations are only valid for the year in which they are submitted and must be based on achievements within the past year.
  • Recipients of this award may not receive the same award for the following two academic years.


Team nominations:

  • Teams must have between two and ten individuals. Please contact the award administrator if your team has more than ten individuals. 
  • A nominated team member is defined as someone who has made a significant contribution toward a project or initiative. 
  • Submit the nomination under the team lead’s name. If there is no team lead, select one team member’s name.
Who can submit a nomination?

Faculty, staff or students can submit nominations. Students should contact the Dean or Senior Director’s Office for assistance in submitting a nomination. 

Please contact the award administrator if you have more than one nominator.


Award Criteria

The award will celebrate employees who advance Global Learning at Ryerson in one or more of the following areas:

  • Increase student access to Global Learning programming - create funding programs or funded opportunities; improve accessibility to programming; generate programming in academic disciplines that have limited opportunities; advance awareness about the barriers to access while proposing methods to overcome them for diverse students.

  • Champion Global Learning within the Ryerson community - promote the importance of Global Learning; encourage increased faculty and student involvement; host events and gatherings on campus; drive the creation of new partnerships; recruit diverse demographic populations to participate in Global Learning; further the values of equity, diversity and inclusion within Global Learning.

  • Develop innovative, high-quality and academically relevant programming for students - propose and execute innovative programming (beyond exchange and work abroad, for example); develop programming centring student input and interests; ensure linkages to academic program learning objectives; develop inter/trans disciplinary global learning projects; develop programming that serves diverse demographic populations.

  • Serve and support students to ensure their success, growth and well-being within Global Learning programming - play a key role advising students and supporting their planning and participation; go above and beyond to ensure student well-being and safety; support students to connect programming to their personal and career goals; foster student growth and critical learning; serve underrepresented students.
Nomination process
  1. Obtain the nominee’s permission.
  2. Complete the nomination package as described below.
  3. Submit the nomination package via the Online Nomination Portal on the Recognition Website.
  4. Nominee receives a confirmation email with a link to provide online consent before the deadline. This step must be completed before the deadline.
Nomination package

The nomination package includes:

  • Citation (100 word maximum) - Highlight why the nominee deserves this award and any notable achievements. This citation will be included in related university communications if the nominee or team is selected. 
  • Supporting Statement (two page maximum) - Describe the nominee’s achievements and impact as it relates to the criteria (service, leadership, innovation). For team nominations, briefly describe each team member’s specific contribution. 
  • Minimum of two and no more than three Letters of Support (one page maximum each). Provide examples related to the criteria of why the nominee should receive the award. Letters should reflect the broadness of the nominee’s contributions. Note: support letters cannot be written by the nominator or members of the Executive or Selection Committee.
  • Optional: Supporting materials (three pages maximum) - include a description of initiatives, examples of work or key results, etc. 

Visit tips for preparing a strong nomination package for more assistance.

Selection process

The selection committee’s mandate is to select high-quality candidates, whose achievements meet or exceed the award criteria and help advance Ryerson’s values. The selection committee will be broadly representative of the Ryerson community, including faculty, staff and students. The Assistant Vice-President International will serve as chair and identify members to serve on the committee.

All nominations are reviewed, with priority consideration given to nominees who have not received a Ryerson award in the past. The committee also considers a diversity of recipients in making its determinations.

An award will not be given if the committee determines there is no suitable candidate.

Important dates

Nomination deadline: November 8 at noon

Recipient notified by: December 20

Award presentation: Ryerson Awards Night


Emma Wright
Manager, Global Learning & Engagement
Ryerson International
416-979-5000, ext. 2611



Nomination deadline
Nov 8 at noon

Including nominee's online consent

For questions or more information regarding this award, please contact:

Emma Wright
Manager, Global Learning & Engagement
Ryerson International
416-979-5000, ext. 2611