Launched in 2014, the Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching celebrates faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to teaching and learning in our undergraduate programs. These educators integrate innovative techniques and actively engage students in the learning process.
Students nominate those educators who have made an impact on them. Once the list of nominations is finalized, the nomination packages (including, among many other things, letters of support from students) are reviewed by the adjudicating committee, which includes an undergrad and a graduate teaching assistant.
Awards are given in three categories: full-time tenured faculty, contract faculty and teaching assistants.
2019 Teaching Awards
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching:
Department of Equity Studies PhD candidate and teaching assistant Melanie Fallis is being recognized for her commitment to students, her deep connection to social justice issues and passion for teaching. One of her students aptly describes her as “leaving students empowered and valued.”
Her nomination letter also describes Ms. Fallis as “a true pedagogical innovator,” and provides ample evidence of Ms. Fallis being an excellent teacher, who is strongly committed to provide a conducive learning environment for her students leading to their success.
Professor Carolyn Steele, from the Humanities department, is being recognized in the category of Contract/Adjunct/CLA for her commitment to innovation and passion for pedagogy. Steele’s has been a contributor to York’s Capstone Network since its inception. She has been awarded several grants to support her pedagogy including Academic Innovation Fund Category 1 Project grant and an Experiential Education development grant.
She has been described as a teacher who cares about her students, while delivering a one-of-a-kind learning experience. Her nomination letter states that students and staff alike commended her ability to connect with students within and outside of the classroom, and laude her passion to inspire others.
Professor Claudio Colaguori with the Department of Equity Studies is being recognized for his contributions in the category of Tenured/Tenure Stream. Professor Colaguori has a long career of continuous innovation and commitment to student success. Not only does he focus on each student’s needs as an individual, taking time to help them prepare for life beyond university, he enables students to realize their true potential.
He is described as a leader, innovator, and pioneer in the study of Human Rights and Equity. Professor Colaguori’s support letters speak of a professor who exhibits strong leadership in the field of curricular development who does not shy away from sharing the best practices with colleagues to promote excellent teaching and learning.
Alexandru Manafu received an Honorable Mention – for his effective engagement with students, his efforts to grow as an educator and dedication to student success. Manafu stands out for his notable contributions to curricular development by designing two new courses. His active participation in Teaching Commons and service on department and Faculty level committees demonstrates his passion for community involvement.