Superior Teaching Awards

The Faculty of Arts & Science Superior Teaching Awards recognize teaching excellence in undergraduate education by sessional lecturers and graduate student course instructors.


All candidates must have taught at least one course in the Faculty of Arts & Science (or one administered by an Arts & Science unit) in Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018 or Fall 2018 term.

  • Sessional-lecturer candidates must have been employed to teach at least one course on contracts of less than one year.
  • Graduate-student candidates must have been employed to teach at least one course as a Sole Responsibility Course Instructor.


The awards recognize excellence in undergraduate education in classroom instruction, innovative teaching methods and student engagement, as evidenced by:

  • The ability to develop understanding of the subject matter, which may include contributions in course design and student assessment.
  • The ability to create an engaging and rewarding learning experience for students.


  • Friday, February 1, 2019 – Nomination packages due
  • Friday, March 1, 2019 – Recipients of the 2018-2019 Superior Teaching Award, and their nominators, notified
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – Awards reception for recipients and nominators

Up to two awards in each category (Sessional Lecturer and Graduate Student Course Instructor) will be presented for 2018-2019. A nominator may submit more than one nomination. The awards will be presented at a reception and award-winning instructors will receive $1,500 and a commemorative certificate. Individuals may be nominated for an award any number of times, but may receive an award only once.

The following materials are required for each nomination:

  1. Nomination Form
    • Candidates may be nominated by students (as individuals, or as groups such as classes or course unions), staff, faculty members, or Chairs/Directors/Principals. Nominators are asked to complete a nomination form that seeks information outlining how the candidate demonstrates excellence in classroom instruction, through the use of innovative teaching methods and in facilitating student engagement. 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. Endorsement from the Chair/Director/Principal (if necessary)
    • If the nomination is not submitted by the Chair/Director/Principal an endorsement (1-2 pages) should be provided at this stage.
  3. Course evaluation summary reports for the course(s) for which they are being nominated
  4. Letters of Support from students or co-instructors. Please limit the letters to no more than 3 or 4 in each category. Each letter should be no more than 1-2 pages.
  5. Additional materials
    • The candidate may submit additional materials to support the nomination. These may include instructional materials, course syllabi, a statement of teaching philosophy, CV, etc. These materials must not exceed 30 pages in total.


Nominations are due no later than Friday, February 1 and can be sent together in hard copy c/o Pam Gravestock to the Dean’s Office or via email to



Siobhan O’Flynn, Canadian Studies - Sessional Instructor
Emily Paradis, Urban Studies - Sessional Instructor
Arturo Victoriano-Martínez, Caribbean Studies - Sessional Instructor
Barnabas Kirk, Slavic Languages & Literatures - Graduate Course Instructor
Simon Lambek, Department of Political Science - Graduate Course Instructor


Steven Coyne, Department of Philosophy
Spyridon Kotsovilis, Department of Political Science


Jonathan Korman, Mathematics - Sessional Instructor
Parisa Moosavi, Philosophy - Graduate Student Course Instructor
Anna Stainton, German - Graduate Student Course Instructor
Kenneth Yip, Cell & Systems Biology - Sessional Instructor


Antonela Arhin, Diaspora & Transnational Studies - Sessional Instructor
Yanfei Li, East Asian Studies - Graduate Student Course Instructor
Nicholas Morra, Chemistry - Sessional Instructor
David Seitz, Geography & Planning Graduate Student - Course Instructor