Teaching Awards

The Faculty and University acknowledge outstanding teaching through a variety of annual awards listed below. If you are interested in submitting a nomination for an institutional or external award, decanal-level support may be required. Please contact Erin Macnab (erin.macnab@utoronto.ca), Assistant Director, Teaching & Learning Initiatives for additional information or support.

A&S 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.

Instructional PracticesThe nomination should provide evidence of the candidate’s teaching excellence in instructional practices in any teaching context (large and small classrooms, 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.

Course Design and/or Curriculum DevelopmentThe 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 can include the development and design of new courses. It may also include the integration of research, active learning experiences, or opportunities for building connections to local, national and international communities.

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 Development

A 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 and integrated 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 and course development efforts.

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 (no more than four total).

(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 evaluations 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.

Nominations are due on Friday, February 21st and can be sent in hard copy c/o Erin Macnab to the Dean’s Office or via email to erin.macnab@utoronto.ca.

  • Friday, February 21, 2020 – Nomination packages due.
  • Monday, March 9, 2020 – Recipients of the 2019-20 Outstanding Teaching Award, and their nominators willl be notified.
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – 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.

2020

  • Jotaro Arimori, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of East Asian Studies
  • Jessica D’eon, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Chemistry
  • Alistair Dias, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Human Biology Program
  • Gillian Hamilton, Associate Professor, Department of Economics
  • Nicole Mideo, Associate Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Andrea Wiliams, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Director, Writing-Integrated Teaching

2019

  • Erol Boran, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
  • Franco Taverna, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Human Biology Program
  • Mark S. Taylor, Professor, Department of Chemistry

2018

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

2017

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

A&S Superior Teaching Award

The Sessional Lecturer & Graduate Student Course Instructor Superior Teaching Award (STA) award is for sessional and graduate course instructors.

The Faculty of Arts & Science Superior Teaching Awards recognize teaching excellence in undergraduate education, in classroom instruction, innovative teaching methods and student engagement 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 2018, Winter 2019, Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 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), and thethe ability to create an engaging and rewarding learning experience for students.

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 materialsThe 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 can be sent together in hard copy c/o Erin Macnab to the Dean’s Office or via email to erin.macnab@utoronto.ca.

Up to two awards in each category (Sessional Lecturer and Graduate Student Course Instructor) will be presented. 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.

Please direct any questions to Erin Macnab (erin.macnab@utoronto.ca), Assistant Director, Teaching & Learning Initiatives

2020

  • Emma McClure, Department of Philosophy
  • Alex Stringer, Department of Statistical Sciences

2019

  • Barnabas Kirk, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • Simon Lambek, Department of Political Science

2018

  • Steven Coyne, Department of Philosophy

2017

  • Parissa Moosavi, Department of Philosophy
  • Anna Stainton, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures

2020

  • Khalid Ahmed, African Studies Program, New College
  • S Trimble, Women & Gender Studies Institute

2019

  • Siobhan O’Flynn, Canadian Studies Program, University College
  • Emily Paradis, Urban Studies Program, Innis College
  • Ramón A. Victoriano-Martínez, Caribbean Studies Program, New College

2018

  • Spyridon Kotsovilis, Department of Political Science

2017

  • Jonathan Korman, Department of Mathematics
  • Kenneth Yip, Department of Cell & Systems Biology

Early Career Teaching Award

The University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award recognizes faculty members who are effective teachers and demonstrate an exceptional commitment to student learning, pedagogical engagement, and teaching innovation. Up to four awards of $3,000 each will be offered annually. Award recipients will be honoured at the annual Excellence in Teaching Reception to be held in the Fall.

U of T Teaching Fellowship

The University of Toronto Teaching Fellowships provide funds for up to five recipients in the Teaching Stream which will allow them to engage in a pedagogical project of direct benefit to students in a defined area of institutional priority. Through its focus on supporting pedagogical innovation and research, the program is intended to promote the emergence of leaders within the Teaching Stream. The Fellowships will provide the opportunity for Teaching-Stream faculty members to undertake a two-year teaching and learning project, working closely with the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education and the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI). All Teaching-Stream faculty members are eligible to apply for Teaching Fellowships.

Northrop Frye Award – Faculty

The Northrop Frye Award (Faculty) recognizes those individuals or team of individuals who have enhanced the student experience through innovative curriculum, co-curricular learning, and pedagogical contributions inside and outside the classroom with a special focus on the integration of research and teaching.

Global Educator Award

The University of Toronto Global Educator Award recognizes faculty members who embody the University’s global mission and profile. They are effective teachers who demonstrate intercultural/global fluency—the ability to successfully operate and communicate within different cultural contexts—through pedagogies that reflect a diversity of perspectives and invite engagement from all students. One award of $3,000 will be offered annually. Award recipients will be honoured at the annual Excellence in Teaching Reception to be held each fall.

President’s Teaching Award

The University-wide President’s Impact Award recognizes faculty members whose research has led to significant impact beyond academia. Acknowledging the breadth and depth of scholarship at the University of Toronto, we welcome nominations of faculty across all disciplines.