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Faculty Teaching Award

The Faculty of Graduate Studies' Teaching Award is bestowed annually on a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies who has displayed substantial, significant and sustained excellence, commitment and enthusiasm to the multifaceted aspects of teaching at the graduate level at York. The award recognizes teaching and supervisory excellence. Other elements which are taken into consideration include scholarly, professional and teaching development and initiatives in graduate program and curriculum development. The nominator may be any member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, including regular or adjunct faculty, graduate students or staff.

The deadline for nominations each year is November 15th. If you require any further a nomination form or any other information, please call or write:

Karen Krasny
Secretary of Council
(Tel: 416-736-2100 ext. 66957)

M. Michael Schiff
Assistant Secretary of Council
(Tel: 416-736-2100 ext. 22264).

Policy

The Faculty of Graduate Studies' Teaching Award is bestowed annually to a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies who has displayed substantial, significant and sustained excellence, commitment and enthusiasm to the multifaceted aspects of teaching at the graduate level at York.

The winner of the award will receive a handsome scroll and citation to be awarded at some appropriate venue.

The award is intended to be much more than a mere veneration of one or two members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies: in providing this award, the Faculty of Graduate Studies celebrates, compliments and congratulates the superior qualities that its many members provide to the advancement of academic excellence and quality in graduate studies at York University.

Nominations for the award will be received together with a letter of nomination and extensive documentary evidence, especially from present and former graduate students, in support of the nomination, by the Secretary of Council of the Faculty of Graduate Studies by November 15th each year. The nominator may be any member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, including regular and adjunct faculty, graduate students or staff. A letter from the nominator detailing the excellent accomplishments of the nominee should accompany the nomination package. A Faculty of Graduate Studies' Teaching Award Committee will adjudicate the nominations, and may or may not recommend to the Dean that not more than two members be so honoured with a Faculty of Graduate Studies' Teaching Award.

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Guidelines

Teaching, within the context of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, encompasses all aspects of the academic enterprise at the graduate level. Nominations for this award should be based on documentary evidence which supports the nominee's academic excellence and commitment to the mission of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The criteria for the award are described in general terms, but the selection committee will take into account the variety which arises from differences in style, content, practice and 'culture' among graduate programs. Areas of excellence for which a nominee would be considered for the award include, but are not necessarily limited to, teaching and supervisory excellence, initiatives in graduate program and curricula development, and professional, scholarly and teaching development of graduate students.

  • Teaching and supervisory excellence will be a vital criterion for the award. Excellence in classroom teaching may be demonstrated by such indices as high levels of learning and high student satisfaction. Supervisory roles may include membership on supervisory committees or principal supervision of research programs, research projects, theses, dissertations or creative works. Because the nature of supervision varies considerably from program to program, documentation of excellence should include some reference to what are normal expectations in a particular program, how the nominees' achievements in this area are exceptional and how the judgement of excellence in supervision has been reached by the nominator.

  • Initiatives in graduate program and curricula development may include the development of a new program or of a new field at the Master's or Ph.D. level; development of a sequence of courses to provide a new unit of instruction; development of an especially innovative course; or development of materials such as films, textbooks, computer programs, and any other materials that enhance the quality of graduate teaching. The nominee may have been the prime public mover, or someone working quietly but effectively in the background. Initiatives which recruit outstanding graduate students may also promote and enhance graduate program development.

  • Scholarly, professional and teaching development of graduate students may take the form of development and/or teaching workshops, courses or programs which help students to become more effective university teachers, and may be either discipline-specific or general. It may also include excellence in mentoring graduate students in their roles as teaching assistants. Commitment to the scholarly development of graduate students may be demonstrated by encouraging and assisting them to present their research or creative work in public fora either within York or to a wider audience.

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Documentation

The nominator is expected to provide all necessary documentation to support the candidate for the award. Documentation may include any of the following, but especially should include statements from present and former graduate students.

  1. Formal questionnaires for student evaluation of teaching in classrooms. It is desirable for these to include several courses, whenever possible, over several years.

  2. Letters from students, alumni and faculty members. These letters should address the criteria for the award outlined above.

  3. Up-to-date curriculum vitae in O.C.G.S. format. All teaching-related activities at the graduate level should be listed. Joint publication with graduate students should be placed in the context of norms for the particular graduate program. If the nominee has aided in the publication of work of their graduate students, documentation may be provided.

  4. All other documentation that the nominator considers pertinent to the criteria for the award.

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Adjudication

The Faculty of Graduate Studies' Teaching Award Committee is adjudicated by the Faculty of Graduate Studies' Awards Committee.

Policy approved by the Council of the Faculty of Graduate Studies on June 2, 1994
Revised (deadline only) Spring 1998

Recipients

 
2012-2013 Laurence R. Harris Graduate Programs in Biology, Kinesiology & Health Science and Psychology
2011-2012 Joel Katz Graduate Program in Psychology
  Paul Lovejoy Graduate Program in History
2010-2011 Bettina Bradbury Graduate Programs in History and Women’s Studies
  Janine Marchessault Graduate Programs in Communication & Culture, Film, Humanities, Social & Political Thought and Sociology
  Ward Struthers Graduate Programs in Health and Psychology
2009-2010 Geoffrey Reaume Graduate Programs in Critical Disability Studies, Environmental Studies and Health
  Marc Stein Graduate Programs in History and Women's Studies
2008-2009 Amir Asif Graduate Programs in Computer Science and Earth & Space Science
  Norman Gledhill Graduate Program in Kinesiology & Health Science
2007-2008 Liora Salter Graduate Programs in Communication & Culture, Environmental Studies and Law
  Daniel Simeoni Graduate Program in Translation
2006-2007 David Hood Graduate Programs in Biology and Kinesiology & Health Science
  Adrienne Perry Graduate Programs in Psychology
2005-2006 Leslie Higgins English and Humanities
  Stephen Weiss Business Administration
2004-2005 M. Jane Irvine Graduate Programs in Biology, Kinesiology & Health Science and Psychology
  Isabel M. Killoran Graduate Programs in Critical Disability Studies and Education
2003-2004 Douglas Crawford Graduate Programs in Biology, Kinesiology & Health Science and Psychology
  Livy Visano Graduate Programs in Social & Political Thought, Social Work and Sociology
2002-2003 Barrie Coukell Graduate Program in Biology
  David Reid Graduate Program in Psychology
2001-2002 Barbara Godard Graduate Programs in English, Études françaises, Social & Political Thought and Women's Studies
2000-2001 Robert Murdie Graduate Program in Geography
  David Smukler Graduate Program in Theatre
1999-2000 Deborah Britzman Graduate Programs in Education, English and Social & Political Thought
  Barbara Hanson Graduate Program in Sociology
1998-1999 Gary Bunch Graduate Program in Education
  Hiroshi Ono Graduate Program in Psychology
1997-1998 Selma Odom Graduate Program in Dance
1996-1997 Ken Little Graduate Programs in Communication & Culture and Social Anthropology
  Shake Toukmanian Graduate Program in Psychology
1995-1996 David Rennie Graduate Program in Psychology
1994-1995 Robert Witmer Graduate Programs in Ethnomusicology & Musicology, Social Anthropology

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