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Deans' Teaching Awards: 2009 recipients

George Baranyai
Chang School

For the past seven years, George has taught ‘Organizational Behaviour and Interpersonal Skills’ (CMHR 405), to Chang School students. His course delivery method combines the traditional classroom model with online learning. In addition, he has also provided instruction to corporate clients through intensive formats for The Chang School’s Organizational Learning unit.

What sets George apart as an adult educator is his constant pursuit and application of “transformative learning” within his classroom. As an example, he piloted the Classroom Performance System (CPS) three years ago. Using a wireless response device (“clicker”), each student can answer multiple choice, true‐false, yes‐no, and opinion type questions that the instructor presents to the class to check for understanding. Once the students have responses, results can immediately be displayed as real‐time feedback.

One of George’s students, who credits her learning in George’s classes to a promotion in her career wrote: "...George Baranyai has been a direct influence in my education, career development, and an indirect positive influence on my organization.”

Jacqui Gingras
Faculty of Community Services

Dr. Jacqui Gingras is a dynamic Professor who exudes a remarkable passion for the practice and the scholarship of teaching and learning. As a result of the thoughtful, engaging, and respectful learning environments that Jacqui creates, she is described by her colleagues as inspirational, enthusiastic, and ultimately an “outstanding mentor”.

Although Jacqui has been a member of the School of Nutrition for less than three years, the tremendous impact that she has made on students, staff and faculty alike are obvious to everyone who knows her.

Colleagues observe that Jacqui’s unique style of teaching in partnership with students and her ability to learn with others has brought “the notion of ‘higher education’ to life”, allowing her lessons to act as a foundation for students’ future professional practices. It is an honour to celebrate the values and beliefs that Jacqui brings to life each day with the Ryerson Teaching Award.

Michael Kolios
Faculty of Science

Professor Michael Kolios was born in Toronto but finished high school in Athens, Greece. He received his undergraduate training in Physics at the University of Waterloo and his graduate degrees in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto.

He joined Ryerson in 1997 and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Physics. His principal area of research is in the biomedical applications of ultrasound for which he also holds a Canada Research Chair.

In 2008 he received the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science teaching excellence award for his innovative and engaging teaching. He enjoys teaching not only at both the undergraduate and graduate levels but has mentored high school students that participate in various outreach programs (such as Women in Engineering, Research Opportunity Program in Engineering and Science) and within the community (e.g. Girl Guides of Canada).

Johnathan Rollins
Faculty of Arts

Dr. Rollins’ singular prowess as a teacher is one that is shared by his former colleagues in the English Department – many of whom have had a chance to visit his classes to conduct teaching assessments.

A colleague wrote “There was real interest and a palpable excitement in the room, even at 4:00 to 5:00 pm on a darkening Thursday evening. Whenever a student made a point or offered a response, Dr. Rollins brought it back to the main arguments of the reading and encouraged the rest of the class to assess or further develop their peer’s idea. The students offered sophisticated analyses and the class hummed when Dr. Rollins drew links between some of the examples of the ‘hyper‐real’ offered by Baudrillard and contemporary films such as The Matrix, Pleasantville, and The Truman Show and fantasy locations such as Disneyworld and Celebration, Florida, indicating that rigorous scholarship is not abandoned as he teaches his students how to ‘read’ popular culture.”

Dale Carl
Ted Rogers School of Management

What Dale is absolutely best at is teaching. He has mastery of his subject (international marketing), draws on his extensive experience in the Canadian foreign service to bring material alive, and uses story‐telling as a way of illustrating theory and improving student comprehension and retention. Dale’s popularity is not just a function of the content, the currency and the design of his courses, but his ability to offer individual attention and support and to create a “safe” and inclusive environment. He not only knows all his students’ names, he knows their interests, their backgrounds and their abilities.

Dr. Carl is best known at Ryerson for leading several MBA cohorts to success in national and international competitions. In January 2008 he coached Ryerson into the number one spot in the MBA games held at McMaster University—much to the chagrin of the other more established MBA programs. Then, in February he coached the MBA team that won the Royal Bank’s next great innovator challenge. All of this was riding on the heels of coaching successful student groups in external team competitions in 2007.