Outstanding Teaching Award

The Faculty of Arts & Science Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes teaching excellence in undergraduate and graduate education with a focus on classroom instruction and course design and/or curriculum development.


Candidates must hold a continuing appointment at the Associate Professor/Professor rank (tenure/teaching stream) in the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George campus).


The awards are made on the basis of continuing excellence in undergraduate/graduate teaching and other contributions to undergraduate/graduate education, with a focus on the past three years. Candidates should demonstrate excellence in the areas noted below. The nomination package should include relevant evidence (e.g. in the form of course evaluations, teaching materials, etc.) to demonstrate their contributions in these areas.

  1. Instructional Practices: The nomination should provide evidence of the candidate’s teaching excellence in the instructional practices (lecture, seminar, lab, online, in-the-field, etc.) which may include the ability to stimulate critical and analytical thinking in students, to create an environment conducive to learning, to provide an intellectually stimulating learning experience, and to deepen students’ understanding of the course material. Nominations should include a description of how the candidate incorporates reflective, scholarly and/or evidence-based pedagogical approaches in their teaching.
  2. Course Design and/or Curriculum Development: The nomination should provide evidence of the candidate’s outstanding contributions in course design and/or curriculum development.

This may include efforts that foster the ongoing renewal of courses and programs to address the evolving needs of students and/or those that support student learning or provide unique and challenging learning opportunities for students. It may also include the integration of research, active learning experiences, or opportunities for building connections to local, national and international communities.


  • Friday, February 1, 2019 at noon – Nominations are due
  • Friday, March 1, 2019 – Recipients of the 2018-2019 Outstanding Teaching Award, and their nominators, notified
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – Awards reception for recipients and nominators

Up to five awards will be presented each year. A nominator may submit more than one nomination. The awards will be presented at a reception and award recipients will receive $2,500 and a commemorative certificate. Individuals may be nominated for an award any number of times, but may receive an award only once in five years.


The following materials are required for each nomination:

1. Nomination Form

Candidates may be nominated by a Chair/Director or Principal, faculty member(s) or student(s). Nominators are asked to complete a nomination form that seeks information outlining how the nominee demonstrates excellence in instructional practices and course design/curriculum development. Students who wish to nominate an instructor should contact the Chair/Director or Associate Chair, Undergraduate in the instructor’s home department for support in completing the nomination form.

2. Materials from the candidate

(a) Statement on Instructional PracticesA statement (1-2 pages) from the candidate should address how they approach their teaching and their interactions with students and the specific creative and innovative methods that are used (with reference to the relevant criteria listed above). This might include a focus on in-class activities or teaching methods, efforts to engage students, efforts to encourage and provide opportunities for interaction amongst students, etc. The statement should also refer directly to the supporting evidence within the nomination package.

(b) Statement on Course and/or Curriculum DevelopmentA statement (1-2 pages) from the candidate should describe specific creative and innovative course design/curriculum development efforts and how and why these have or will have an impact on student learning (with reference to the relevant criteria listed above). This might include a focus on assignment design, course modules or resources, in or out of class activities (e.g. community-engaged learning), writing intensive activities, the integration of teaching and research, etc. The statement should also refer directly to the supporting evidence within the nomination package.

(c) Statement on Course Evaluations/Feedback from Students [optional]Candidates may wish to include a contextualizing narrative (maximum 1 page) that speaks to how they have responded to feedback from students (through course evaluations or other means). Please note: the selection committee will have access to the candidate’s course evaluations for the past three years.

(d) Supporting Evidence (maximum 30 pages)Sample course materials (e.g. syllabi, resources, assignments, handouts, slides), materials describing curricular contributions.

3. Materials to be provided by the nominator/ unit

(a) Letter of support from Chair/Director/Principal Note: This is only required if the original nomination was submitted by a faculty member or student.

(b) Letters of support/comments from students and/or colleagues with whom the candidate has co-taught or worked on curricular initiatives.

(c) Commentary on the candidate’s course evaluationsThe nominator/unit may wish to provide a brief (maximum 1 page) commentary on the candidate’s course evalautions from the past three years. The commentary may speak to trends in the data and/or contextualize the data in relation to other courses in the unit. Individual course evaluation reports should not be submitted with the nomination package; the Dean’s Office will provide the selection committee with access to these materials.

Due Date

Nominations are due no later than noon on Friday, February 1st and can be sent in hard copy c/o Pam Gravestock to the Dean’s Office or via email to p.gravestock@utoronto.ca.


Nominations are due no later than noon on Friday, February 1st and can be sent in hard copy c/o Pam Gravestock to the Dean’s Office or via email to p.gravestock@utoronto.ca



Erol Boran, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
Franco Taverna, Human Biology
Mark S. Taylor, Department of Chemistry


Christine Lehleiter, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
Dragana Obradovic, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
Sarah Wakefield, Department of Geography & Planning


Ashley Bruce, Department of Cell & Systems Biology
Michelle Craig, Department of Computer Science
Denise Cruz, Department of English
Tania Li, Department of Anthropology
Michael Reid, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Dunlap Institute


Steve Engels, Computer Science
Kyoungrok Ko, East Asian Studies
Melanie Newton, History


Charlie Keil, Cinema Studies & History
William Ju, Human Biology Program
Melody Neumann, Cell & Systems Biology
Sabine Stanley, Physics


Jennifer Campbell, Computer Science
Deborah Cowen, Geography & Program in Planning
Emily Gilbert, Canadian Studies, University College and Geography & Program in Planning
Jennifer Murdock, Economics
William Robins, English


Robert Batey, Chemistry
Maria Cristina Cuervo, Spanish & Portuguese/Linguistics
Sayed Ajaz Hussain, Economics
Julia Mikhailova, Slavic Languages & Literatures
James Thomson,  Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Joseph Wong, Political Science


Abdel-Khalig Ali, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
Edward Banning, Anthropology
Alison Gibbs, Statistical Sciences
Anne Urbancic, Italian Studies
Aaron Wheeler, Chemistry


Aneil Agrawal, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Charly Bank, Geology
Alissa Trotz, Women & Gender Studies Institute and Caribbean Studies
Victoria Wohl , Classics


Robert Brym, Sociology
James Colliander, Mathematics
Ran Hirschl, Political Science and Law
Mark Kingwell, Philosophy
Nicholas Terpstra, History


Michael Cobb, English
Dror Bar-Natan, Mathematics
Helen Rodd, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Stuart Wittington, Chemistry


Don Boyes, Geography & Program in Planning
Peter King, Philosophy
Karen Reid, Computer Science
David Welch, Political Science


Alana Boland, Geography & Program in Planning
Nick Mount, English
François Pitt,  Computer Science
Tammy Sage,  Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Deborah Zamble, Chemistry


David Goldstein, Psychology
Paul Gries, Computer Science
Jeffrey Kopstein, Political Science
James Pesando, Economics
Locke Rowe, Zoology
Thomas Socknat, Woodsworth College


Roberto Abraham, Astronomy & Astrophysics
John Browne, Woodsworth College
Ikuko Komuro-Lee, East Asian Studies
Leonid Livak, Slavic Languages & Literatures
Deborah McLennan , Zoology


Sonja Arntzen, East Asian Studies
James Brenan, Geology
Stephen Clarkson, Political Science
Ron Leprohon, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
Stephen Morris, Physics


Ken Bartlett, History
Andy Dicks, Chemistry
Robert Lewis, Geography & Program in Planning
Clifford Orwin, Political Science
Carol Percy, English


Ronald Deibert, Political Science
Sherwin Desser, Zoology
Michael Dewar, Classics
Tony Key, Physics
Ann Sorenson, Sociology
Barbara Todd, History


Suzanne Akbari, English
David Brenner, Statistics
Ann Cordon, Botany/Zoology
Robert Garrison, Astronomy & Astrophysics
Mark McGowan, History/St. Michael's College
Susan Pfeiffer, Anthropology
Jack Veugelers, Sociology


Dean Behrens, Sociology
Dietrich Burbulla, Mathematics
Nancy G. Dengler, Botany
Michael Donnelly, Political Science
Pia Kleber, Drama/University College
David Wilson, History/St. Michael's College


Bernd Baldus, Sociology
Jack Chambers, Linguistics
Richard Elinson, Zoology
Jock Galloway, Geography & Program in Planning
Chelva Kanaganayakam, English
Scott Mabury, Chemistry


Larry Bourne, Geography & Program in Planning
Jerry Mitrovica, Physics
David Nowlan, Economics
Keren Rice, Linguistics
Jeffrey Rosenthal, Statistics
Cameron Tolton, French


Tony Davis, Geography & Program in Planning
Joe Repka, Mathematics
John Sipe, Physics
Michael Vertin, Philosophy/Religion
Lynn Viola, History
Sandy Welsh, Sociology


Edward Bierstone, Mathematics
Fergus Craik, Psychology
Dennis Magill, Sociology
Jamshed Mavalwala, Anthropology
Yves Roberge, French
Ron Sweet, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations


Gethin Hughes, Spanish
Alexander Leggatt, English
Hy Van Luong, Anthropology
Pekka Sinervo, Physics
Stuart Smith, Mathematics
Janice Stein, Political Science


Corey Goldman, Biology
Owen Lee, Classics
Jill Levenson, English
Ian Manners, Chemistry
Rob Vipond, Political Science
Irving Zeitlin, Sociology


Derek Allen,  Philosophy
Spencer C.H. Barrett, Botany
Joe Desloges,  Geography & Program in Planning
Anthony Lam, Mathematics
Lorne Tepperman, Sociology
Anne Urbancic, Italian