Deans' Teaching Awards: 2012 recipients
Ted Rogers School of Management
Howard Muchnick is an assistant professor at Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. He is an accomplished business executive and always a teacher. Howard regards teaching as part of his life. He sees his role as sharing his wealth of experience through teaching and coaching. He is humble and approachable yet, with a distinctive energy that is ready to take on the challenges of students and prepared to lead and educate them to be tomorrow's future leaders.
Ted Rogers School of Management
Professor Schlanger has been at Ryerson since 1980, teaching a wide range of business courses in entrepreneurship, strategy, quantitative methods, and general management. He has also served in a wide range of administrative and leadership roles, including area coordinator of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, area coordinator of Qualitative Methods, program director of management & Enterprise Development, director of the Ryerson Innovation Centre, director of the Ryerson center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research, and director of Student Achievement for the Ted Rogers School of Business Management. Prof. Schlanger is also the central person behind the development of the widely successful and popular courses "Entrepreneurial Behavior" and "New Venture Startup", which have stimulated the entrepreneurial drive of thousands of Ryerson students in all faculties. He brings to the classroom a passionate and student-centric approach that reflects and acknowledges the realities of today's students, yet challenges them to aspire to and achieve very high standards. With his deep caring about students and their success, and his clear expectations for students and their own contributions to their learning, he provides a solid foundation for every student to succeed in their studies.
Faculty of Science
Lynda McCarthy approaches all of her teaching from a simple, yet profoundly effective philosophy: when you love a subject and when you care about your students, then you will do everything you can to offer your knowledge and make it theirs. Her love for whole organism biology, ecology and ecotoxicology shines through in every class she teaches. Her concern for her students and the quality of their education fuels her unrelenting passion for effective and inspiring communication. Lynda understands the beauty and importance of science and the pressing need for informed environmental awareness. She pushes her students to aim for the highest standards in all they do, helping them grow both as scientists and as persons. In doing so, she holds herself accountable to the same degree, demonstrating in her own conduct all that she encourages her students to aspire to. The result is teaching and learning of the highest caliber.
Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
Dr. Anwar Hossain is an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Ryerson University. He joined Ryerson in 2002 and become an assistant professor in 2007. Dr. Hossain is unique in his personal and leadership qualities and simply outstanding in his approach to teaching and motivating students. His positive attitude, teaching effectiveness and devotion to his students make him a worthy recipient of the Deans Teaching Award 2011-2012.
Faculty of Community Services
Pamela is by nature a curious individual who focuses creativity, inquisitiveness and passion for learning. Her innovative approaches to teaching and learning provide students with learning experiences that hone and shape the way the see and think about planning. She strives to structure curriculum that helps learners to take complex ideas and share them in a way that makes it possible for a wide range of people to join the conversation, move it forward, and look beyond the obvious, to be creative while being able to navigate established systems and evoke change from within - the hallmarks of good planners.
Pamela 'lives' the criteria of the Dean's Teaching Award on a daily basis. She models, engages, and inspires critical thinking and self-reflection. It is her mission to build relationships with her students and to discover and utilize strategies that motivate them as individuals within a profession and as a collective..
Faculty of Community Services
Dr. Lapum has been a faculty member of the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University since August 2008. Whilst still in her early academic career, she has percolated to the top in terms of her ability to contribute to teaching scholarship by developing an arts-informed pedagogy that is highly relevant to nursing student clinical practice. This is evidenced by two previous teaching nominations, both by students, for a 2010 Sue Williams Excellence in Teaching Award, Ryerson University, and TV Ontario's 2010 Best Lecturer Competition. Dr. Lapum's teaching philosophy, grounded in the facilitation of understanding, facilitates her conscious effort to build social relations that will contribute to student engagement and critical dialogue in the classroom. Dr. Lapum's use of photographic images, poetry, music and film in the classroom serves to help students to grow intellectually, morally, and/or sometimes become re-moralized citizens of the world where they can make a positive impact.
Faculty of Communication and Design
Art Seto teaches Binding and Finishing Processes and Estimating. Art's passion for his field, entrepreneurial spirit and genuine interest in teaching make him what could best described as a "natural teacher". He is a dedicated teacher -- able to inspire students, and one whose genuine enthusiasm for his field is infectious. He is a proponent of activity-based, student-centred learning, as demonstrated by a complete redesign of several courses. A student referee wrote, "Art is an energetic and influential communicator who possesses the gift of being able to make complex subjects understandable." Art has expanded the focus of his courses to include industrial manufacturing processes and book arts, which stimulate creativity and respect for the book as an object of art and culture. Art was the Principle Investigator on a project funded by the Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic titled "Rethinking Learning Delivery Methods - Podcasting from Gutenberg to the iPhone and Beyond."
"Art also teaches Job Estimating to our students - a topic that is not easy to understand, and many students fear the course. Art is able to break the topic down to lead to correct estimates. Since Art began teaching the estimating course between ten and twenty students pursue a career in estimating, where previously very few students pursued this career choice." One of Art's students, carrying a project from his class commented on a class project saying "I liked the first project so much that I made nine more!"
Faculty of Arts
Dr Carl Benn epitomizes the best qualities associated with effective teaching: approachability, an in-depth knowledge of, and passion for, his subject, an ability to inspire students to set and achieve lofty goals, a capacity to link course content to personal and 'real world' issues, and a tireless quest to improve courses and programmes in History and at Ryerson as a whole. The word that best characterizes Carl's achievements and commitment, the one that brings all these qualities together, is care. As is evident from the materials presented in his nomination, the care Carl exemplifies in every aspect of his job, the pains he takes in crafting and delivering his courses, providing assistance to students and colleagues, and developing relevant, up-to-date, and marketable programmes is evident to all those with whom he has worked.
Faculty of Arts
Dr. Naomi Koerner has been teaching in the Department of Psychology since 2007, blending research, mentorship and transformative learning experiences to engage, inspire, and motivate students at all levels of their training. In addition to her classroom teaching that integrates best practices to foster critical thinking, she has served as advisor to 5 doctoral, 5 masters and 1 undergraduate students. Dr. Koerner has a proven ability to bring out the best in her students and by promoting their accomplishments with numerous successful award nominations. Dr. Koerner's commitment to improving pedagogy at Ryerson is evidenced in her involvement on various teaching and learning committees; by mentoring graduate students in the development of their own teaching expertise, and by promoting excellence in teaching amongst her peers by collaborating on course development.