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Chancellor's Award of Distinction

Please note: Nomination briefs are due November 8 by noon. The deadline for the full nomination package is December 11 by noon. Both documents are to be submitted via the Online Nomination Portal.

The Ryerson Chancellor’s Award of Distinction will be conferred on an educator recognized within the Ryerson Community as an exemplary model of life-long career commitment to teaching and learning as evidenced by significant contributions over time to advancing teaching and learning at Ryerson, by sustained educational leadership and by an outstanding and sustained record of teaching excellence.

The award recipient will receive a certificate of recognition and a one-time monetary award payment of $5,000 (subject to applicable deductions). The recipient will be invited to the annual Ryerson Awards Night, the Faculty Teaching Awards Luncheon and included in a Convocation Ceremony to present a Convocation Address.

Key criteria: Teaching

Nomination guidelines

Eligibility and obligations
  • Who can be nominated?

    • Any member of the Ryerson Faculty Association who has been teaching full-time for at least the last ten consecutive years in any of the six Faculties at Ryerson and who, to the best of their knowledge, will be teaching at Ryerson for at least three more years, is eligible to be nominated for the Chancellor’s Award of Distinction.
      • Note: if a sabbatical is taken within that period of time, add one more year to the eligibility period.
    • No individual can be nominated for more than one university-wide teaching award in any given year. However, the University Teaching Awards Selection Committee (UTASC) reserves the right to reassign any nomination to a different category, based on the best fit with the evidence.
    • The nomination is valid only for the year in which it is made.
    • An unsuccessful nomination may be reconsidered the following year provided the nomination package has been updated to reflect any new contributions and/or achievements.
    • Any individual can receive the Chancellor's Award of Distinction only once.
    • By agreeing to be nominated, the nominee commits to cooperation with the nomination facilitator in providing supporting evidence. The nominee will also commit, if selected as the recipient, to:
      • attending the annual Faculty Teaching Awards Ceremony,
      • delivering a Convocation Address at a Convocation ceremony,
      • giving a presentation at the Ryerson Faculty Conference in May of the same year,
      • sharing their teaching philosophy with fellow instructors by making it available for posting on the Learning & Teaching Office website, and
      • to serving on the University Teaching Awards Selection Committee for the following year’s awards.
Who can submit a nomination?

Any member of the Ryerson community (faculty, student or staff) can nominate someone for the Chancellor's Award of Distinction.

Award criteria

The nomination file should clearly address the two award criteria as described below.

While some of the criteria and examples listed above are similar to those for other Ryerson teaching awards, it is expected that the recipient would demonstrate a greater depth and breadth of their record, as appropriate for the prominence of the Chancellor’s Award of Distinction.

Nomination process

The nomination process for the Chancellor’s, President’s and Provost’s awards follow a two-stage process. If the nominator is a student, they are encouraged to contact the Faculty Awards Committee (FAC) via the Dean's Office to get assistance from a faculty advisor with compiling the nomination brief and with compiling the full nomination file. This is to ensure that the nomination reflects a full scope of the nominee’s activities.

Stage 1

  1. Obtain the nominee's permission.
  2. Prepare, in collaboration with the nominee, a Nomination Brief (one to two pages). The Nomination Brief should clearly address the nominee’s achievements according to each of the awards criteria. Should the nomination move forward to Stage 2, this Brief will serve as an executive summary for the full awards package.
  3. Submit the Brief in the Online Nomination Portal by the specified deadline for consideration by the FAC.

Each Faculty can submit only one candidate for the Chancellor’s Award of Distinction. The Faculty candidate will be selected by the FAC. Once the FAC makes its selections/recommendations, nominators will be notified as to whether their candidate has been selected to move forward to the second stage of the process.

Stage 2

  1. The nominator compiles a Full Nomination file detailing the record of the nominee’s accomplishments and submits through the Online Nomination Portal.
  2. The FAC will request an endorsement letter from the Dean, to be included in the candidate’s Full Nomination file that is to be submitted online by the deadline.
  3. Nominees will be prompted by email to log in to the Online Nomination Portal and upload their CV.
Nomination package

The nomination package should clearly address the Award Criteria.­­­ The required components of the nomination for the Chancellor’s Award of Distinction are:

  • A Nomination Brief (two page maximum) prepared by the nominator, submitted in Stage 1 of the nomination process. Once the nomination has proceeded to Stage 2, the nominator will have the opportunity to revise the nomination brief. The revised nomination brief should serve to summarize and contextualize the evidence included and provide references that help direct the committee’s attention.
  • A Citation (100 word maximum). Highlight why the nominee deserves this award and any notable achievements. This citation will be included in related university communication if the nominee is selected.
  • A statement of the nominee’s Teaching Philosophy (three page maximum). This statement shows evidence of reflection on one’s practices related to fostering student learning and intellectual growth, to teaching and learning contributions at Ryerson that transcend the Faculty and to possible contributions to teaching and learning outside Ryerson.
  • A Summary of Teaching Evaluations (one page maximum) over a minimum of five consecutive years – please do not submit copies of raw data, instead tabulate (or provide a graph of) the relevant information on a single page.
  • Letters of Support (one page maximum each) that provide specific examples of why the nominee should be considered for the award. The supporting letters must include:
    • A letter written by the dean;
    • One letter from a colleague (if the nominator is a colleague, there has to be at least one letter from a colleague other than the nominator);
    • Two letters from students (e.g. undergraduate student, graduate student, or alumna/alumnus). Students writing support letters should disclose their relationship with the nominee (e.g. current student, former student, research assistant, working under nominee’s supervision, etc.). If the nominator is a student, the letters must come from students other than the nominator;
    • One letter from an administrator, other than the letter from the dean;
    • One letter from outside the nominee’s school/department;
    • One letter from outside the nominee’s faculty.
  • The nominator has the option of providing supporting materials containing additional evidence for how the criteria have been met (four page maximum). Please provide meaningful captions or descriptive information for all supporting materials, describing how the evidence demonstrates that the nominee meets the criteria for the award.
  • A modified Curriculum Vitae (four page maximum) focusing on the nominee’s teaching, educational leadership, achievements and other contributions to teaching and learning, as distinct from a standard CV pertaining to the nominee’s field of expertise. For example, do not include field-specific research publications, but do include presentations at the Faculty Conference and other educational conferences, workshops on teaching and learning, textbooks, teaching awards, etc. Nominees will be prompted by email to submit this portion.
Selection process

The Ryerson Chancellor’s Award of Distinction recipient is selected by the University Teaching Awards Selection Committee (UTASC). The UTASC has an overarching goal to help advance teaching and learning at Ryerson through the university-wide Teaching Awards Program by ensuring that high quality candidates whose achievements meet or exceed the awards criteria are selected for the available university teaching awards.

Following notification to all nominees and nominators, the Provost will make a public announcement regarding recipients.

Important dates

November 8 by noon: All Nomination Briefs are to be submitted online including the nominee's online consent.

November 20: Deadline for each FAC to select a candidate, if any, for the Chancellor’s Award of Distinction and for the Chair of the FAC to communicate the results to all nominees and their nominators.

December 11 by noon: All completed nomination files for the award must be submitted online.

January 12: Deadline for the UTASC to complete their deliberations. The Committee reserves the right not to confer the Chancellor’s Award of Distinction in any given year if no suitable candidate is identified.

January 18: Results are communicated to the recipient’s nominator and to all unsuccessful nominees and nominators.


Learning and Teaching Office
Michelle Schwartz
Instructional Design and Research Strategist, ext. 2094


Nomination deadline
Nov 8 at noon

Including nominee's online consent

Recipients of this award are celebrated at two events:

Faculty Teaching Luncheon
Ryerson Awards Night

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

Learning and Teaching Office
Michelle Schwartz
Instructional Design and Research Strategist, ext. 2094