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YSGS Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award: 2016 recipients

Kim BatesKimberly Bates
Master of Business Administration in the Management of Technology and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Kim works with all 120 incoming MBA students in preparing their study plans, which sets the foundation for their remarkable interaction throughout the program. She mentors them for the Hult Prize international case competition in social entrepreneurship, she supervises approximately 10 Major Research Papers every year, and she works with students to develop journal articles based on their research. To encourage diversity awareness, she is the faculty advisor for the MBA Women in Leadership Association, assisting them in organizing speaking and fund-raising events. She is also the faculty advisor for TRSM's Net Impact chapter, an international organization which encourages students to pursue projects in corporate social responsibility. Kim frequently coaches students in interview skills, she has found several executives-in-residence from top firms to serve as mentors, and she arranges collaboration through MITACS and Ryerson's various zones. Kim truly deserves this recognition for her outstanding contribution to our graduate students.

Gerda CammaerGerda Cammaer
Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management and Documentary Media Graduate Program, School of Image Arts

Professor Cammaer is an exceptionally committed individual who has distinguished herself as a teacher in several of Ryerson’s Graduate Programs. Her express goal in teaching film is to mesh practice and theory and provide a firm intellectual foundation for students to “go beyond the box”, which they have successfully done so judging by the high number receiving awards or nominations for distinction. Besides developing her own courses, she has served on several curriculum committees, including the Photographic Preservation and Collections Management Program and the forthcoming undergraduate Integrated Digital Program. She has played a key and significant role in Graduate supervision, serving since 2009 on thirty-five thesis committees. A tireless advocate and mentor for her students, she has fostered many timely initiatives for the students including setting up connections with TIFF and organizing annual graduate exhibitions and film screenings. Altogether she has proven to be an outstanding, devoted and inspiring teacher.

Farhad Ein-MozaffariFarhad Ein-Mozaffari
Chemical Engineering Graduate Program, Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Farhad Ein-Mozaffari has supervised/co-supervised 13 PhD and 23 MASc students, who have been able to take up positions which require highly desired skills. Under Dr. Ein-Mozaffari's supervision, these students have authored 5 book chapters, 66 refereed journal papers and 98 conference papers. His students have been the recipients of the Ryerson Gold Medal, NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, NSERC-IRDF, NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship, and OGS. As the Director of the Graduate Studies and Chair of the Graduate Programs Council, Dr. Ein-Mozaffari has made outstanding contributions for the enhancement of the graduate programs. He regularly serves in numerous graduate committees and actively participates in graduate studies fairs to promote Ryerson graduate engineering programs.

Michael KoliosMichael Kolios
Biomedical Physics Graduate Program, Department of Physics

Dr. Michael Kolios is an exemplary mentor who is thoroughly dedicated towards improving graduate education and ensuring student success. A highly respected, world-renowned researcher, Dr. Kolios has built one of the largest and most productive research groups at Ryerson with 30 active members and over $7M in funding. His graduate students have won various accolades including teaching, research and presentation awards, and OGS, NSERC and prestigious Vanier Scholarships. Dr. Kolios was instrumental in building the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department of Physics and currently serves as Associate Dean of Science, Research and Graduate Studies.


Judy Paisley
Nutrition Communication Graduate Program, School of Nutrition

Dr. Judy Paisley's leadership in the School of Nutrition graduate programs is exemplary. Through her vision, meticulous planning, and execution, she provided remarkable guidance to substantially elevate and energize the MHSc in Nutrition Communication program and successfully launch an innovative Professional Master's Diploma in Dietetics in partnership with St. Michael's Hospital and North York General. By engaging Registered Dietitians from over 100 organizations in various aspects of the nutrition graduate programs, she is well on her way to realize her goal of establishing a collaborative community of practice within the dietetic profession. Highly responsive to the professional and academic needs of students, Judy excels in her ability to empower them to become confident, self-directed professionals through her superior mentorship and progressive teaching skills. She persistently strives for quality and excellence in the nutrition graduate programs because she believes her students deserve the best.

Vappu TyyskaVappu Tyyskä
Immigration and Settlement Studies Graduate Program, Yeates School of Graduate Studies

For over a decade, Dr. Vappu Tyyskä has been central to the success of Ryerson’s unique interdisciplinary MA Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies (ISS). As program director, teacher, scholar and mentor she has made a remarkable contribution to student achievement and program reputation. Dr. Tyyskä’s trademark leadership qualities are vision, determination, caring and, above all, dedicated commitment to students. She sets high goals for students, and inspires them to success. She networks widely to secure the resources required for students and faculty to thrive. Hundreds of ISS alumnae are beneficiaries, in careers and ongoing studies, of Dr. Vappu Tyyskä's outstanding contribution to graduate education at Ryerson University.

Lixia YangLixia Yang
Psychology Graduate Program, Department of Psychology

Driven by her passion for research and teaching, Dr. Lixia Yang strives high in graduate student education and training. Dr. Yang has a solid research record and her research has been funded through NSERC and CIHR. She has been working extremely hard to provide professional training to her students to best facilitate their growth in scholarship, teaching, and knowledge exchange activities. She is a great role model for rigorous scientific research practice and a supportive mentor for graduate students. As a testimony of her effective graduate education, her students have demonstrated great success in all the aspects of professional development, as evidenced by the prestigious awards (e.g., Academic Excellence, Excellent TA awards etc.) and funding they received, as well as their active engagement in knowledge exchange activities. Under her supervision, students in her Cognitive Aging Laboratory have made a mark in local community with a dedication to promote active aging.

Past recipients