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President's Award for Teaching Excellence: Award Criteria

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Award Criteria

Examples

Continuing teaching excellence

Since this award focuses on teaching excellence, the nomination must include evidence of strong support from students, both present and former. The range and diversity of support for the nominee (e.g. from students, alumni, colleagues, peers, administrators, collaborators, etc.) will be reviewed, as well as the range and complexity of contributions to teaching and learning at Ryerson, both within and beyond the nominee’s own Department/School.

Continuing teaching excellence can be demonstrated by an outstanding and sustained record of undergraduate or graduate teaching, including one of more of the following:

  • Effectiveness of teaching strategies in the classroom, studio or laboratory;
  • Evidence of student engagement;
  • Nature of interactions with students;
  • Enthusiasm for teaching, innovative pedagogical approaches, and grounding of one’s practice in learning theories;
  • Ability to motivate students, capacity as a role model for personal and professional development of students;
  • Integration of best practices in instruction and assessment with well-defined student learning outcomes;
  • Incorporation of EDI into teaching and/or curriculum.

Evidence in support of the criteria may include, but is not limited to, some of the following:

  • Description of specific teaching strategies that were developed to improve student learning, including their planning, development, execution and assessment;
  • Evidence of impact on student learning (e.g. improved exam performance, pass rates, acceptance rates to graduate programs, success in workplace placements, increased course enrollment, etc.);
  • Personal contact with students (e.g. mentoring, advising, consultations outside of class, field trips, small-group tutoring, laboratory, studio instruction, thesis supervision, etc.);
  • Evidence of transformative influence on student learning experience;
  • Evidence of grounding one's work in good practice and connection to learning theories;
  • List of awards, internal as well as external, and other recognition received for teaching excellence;
  • Letters from students, alumni, colleagues and administrators, describing the nominee’s teaching and its impact on students’ learning;
  • Course development, management, planning and coordination; development of educational materials (e.g. textbooks, videotapes, multimedia, web pages, study guides, etc.).

Contributions to advancing teaching and learning at Ryerson

Contributions to advancing teaching and learning at Ryerson can be demonstrated by one or more of the following:

  • Mentoring and consultations to other faculty members;
  • Collaborative initiatives at the university level to improve quality of teaching and learning at Ryerson;
  • Sharing of best educational practices;
  • Course/curricular design or redesign, teaching innovation;
  • Involvement in educational research and its dissemination.

Evidence in support of the criteria may include, but is not limited to, some of the following:

  • Evidence of personal professional development in teaching and learning (e.g. attending conferences, working with TA/GAs, participating in the Learning & Teaching Office workshops and programs, etc.);
  • Description of educational materials (e.g. textbooks, videotapes, multimedia, web pages, study guides, etc.) developed;
  • Evidence of sharing one's educational expertise with others (e.g. consultations on teaching methods, mentoring, adoption of teaching materials by others, etc.);
  • Initiatives to improve teaching at Ryerson, and description of the nature of involvement;
  • Collaborations within one's own department, at the Faculty and at the university levels to improve teaching at Ryerson, and description of the nature of involvement;
  • Curriculum development and description of the nature of involvement;
  • Relevant educational initiatives, planning and policy making and description of the nature of involvement;
  • List of presentations or publications on teaching and learning;
  • Evidence of recognition by a community of peers at Ryerson;
  • Letters from students, alumni, colleagues and administrators, describing the nominee's various contributions to teaching and learning at Ryerson and elsewhere.
Calendar

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
michelle.schwartz@ryerson.ca, ext. 2094