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Deans' Teaching Awards: 2010 recipients

Mitu Sengupta
Faculty of Arts

Dr. Sengupta is an exemplary teacher who has shown great innovation in the classroom and has served as a strong mentor to her students. Her ability to motivate students and enthusiasm for teaching is of the highest calibre. Her student evaluation scores have been consistently excellent across a range of courses. Students and faculty evaluators of Professor Sengupta's teaching have routinely commented on her engaging style, the attentiveness of the students, and her familiarity with the content. The overwhelming consensus is that Professor Sengupta is a gifted instructor. For a newly tenured faculty member these are remarkable achievements. In the coming years, Mitu is sure to excel as both an exemplar of Ryerson's commitment to first-rate teaching and as a role model and mentor for students.


Robert Teigrob
Faculty of Arts

Dr. Teigrob (PhD, University of New Mexico, 2005) is an Assistant Professor of History, having joined the Department in 2007. In his short tenure at Ryerson he has already established a reputation as one of the best professors in the university: widely praised not just for his strong teaching skills, but also for his inspiration, dedication to learning, and powerful engagement of students. Routinely described as "excellent", "awesome", and "outstanding" in student evaluations, Rob has also demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to curriculum development and innovative teaching strategies. Above all, through his dedication, humour, and passion for teaching, Rob has extended learning well-beyond the lecture hall: developing a connection with students that one referee described as "empowering us all."

Ann Rauhala
Faculty of Communication and Design

Professor Rauhala was once asked to choose a personal metaphor for teaching. She picked lead spelunker, a cave explorer guiding students through the unknown. "I shine the flashlight on the secrets of an undiscovered world," she says. Her mission is to show students they have the ability to succeed. Her students say she encourages learning through laughter. She challenges them to be bold. She motivates them to push the limits. One wrote: "Ann inspired the entire class to believe they had talent, just like Robin Williams' character in Dead Poets Society - except without the hairy arms." While Ann puts students at ease, she's no pushover. They know they have to work hard. "I remember finally getting that elusive 'A'," another wrote, "and knowing it meant something." Ann, a graduate herself of the School of Journalism, has found the magic to help students find confidence, pride and purpose.

Soosan Beheshti
Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Dr. Beheshti was born in Esfahan, Iran and received the B.S. degree from Isfahan Institute of Technology and M.S. and PhD degrees from Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) in 1996 and 2002, respectively, all in electrical engineering. During her graduate studies, she was a member of Digital Signal Processing Group and Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, and received the MIT EECS Carlton E. Tucker Award for Teaching Excellence. She has been with the ELCE Department of Ryerson University as an Assistant Professor since July 2005 and is the coordinator of the Signal and Information Processing (SIP) Laboratory. She is an accomplished and confident teacher, very approachable, good humoured, committed to students' learning and universally well-liked. Despite being relatively new in the department she goes out of her way to be a mentor and help other new colleagues fit in

Peter Strahlendorf
Faculty of Community Services

In his 18 years as a full-time member of the School of Occupational and Public Health, Dr. Strahlendorf has gained an enviable reputation as someone who consistently motivates and inspires his students through his mastery of a distinctive pedagogical approach involving case studies and question-and-answer methods; his integration of best practices within OHS Law; and the use of a distinctive brand of humour which has become the stuff of student legend and lore within our School. By showing how the theoretical applies to the practical, how the past can be mined to help understand the future in central career contexts, and how the personal always ends up influencing the professional, Dr. Strahlendorf provides a stirring example of what a model professor of Occupational Health and Safety should be. His distinctive melding of these various qualities makes him the perfect recipient for the FCS Dean's Teaching Award.

David Miller
Chang School

Dr. Miller completed both his Ph.D. in Comparative Religion at Harvard University and his Bachelor of Divinity at Harvard University and has held teaching positions at numerous universities including the University of Toronto, Concordia and Case Western Reserve to name a few.

With over 45 years of teaching experience and a wide range of publications to his credit, David has taught "The Philosophy of Religion" at The Chang School for over 10 years.



Dave Valliere
Ted Rogers School of Management

Dr. Valliere joined the faculty of Ryerson in 2004, teaching four different undergraduate courses and two graduate courses in the Entrepreneurship and Strategy Department. Like many Ryerson faculty members, he brings the insight and connections of many years of successful real-world business experience into the classroom to augment the purely academic and theoretical aspects of our program. Dr. Valliere is deeply committed to excellence in teaching and to the success of his students, both within the context of their university studies, and in their ongoing careers as management professionals. He provides a rare combination of very high academic standards and expectations (which inspires the best from our strongest students) and an ability to make complex subjects seem simple and accessible (which encourages and captivates all of our students). His style is passionate and energetic, connecting with students and helping them to discover the joy and excitement of an entrepreneurial career.

Ken Grant
Ted Rogers School of Management

Professor Grant, BA; MBA; GDipMC; DBA (ABD); is Director of the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management. He teaches in the areas of Business and IT Strategy, Process and Performance Improvement and Electronic Commerce. After over thirty years of a successful management consulting career as Vice-President and Principal/Partner at A.T. Kearney/ EDS and KPMG, Professor Grant was the founding Director of Canada's premier "Information Technology Management" in Business program. During his eleven years of teaching at Ryerson, he has demonstrated outstanding contribution to the development of the School of ITM and the new MBA program in Technology and Innovation. Professor Grant is also a highly sought-after lecturer and mentor given his exceptional track record in teaching that has earned him superior appraisals from fellow colleagues, senior administrators, current students and alumni. All in all, the entire nomination team wholeheartedly believe that Professor Grant is the true essence of a role model, mentor, teacher, and most importantly, a lifelong friend to alumni and faculty members. To bestow this year's Dean's Teaching Award to Professor Grant is our appreciation and recognition of his teaching accomplishments.