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Accolades

We’re proud of our committed faculty members who are proven leaders at York University and within the community. Engaged in vital, ground-breaking work, they’re earning honours for their scholastic achievements and research beyond the classroom, including internal and external awards, and research chair appointments. These dynamic individuals are significantly enhancing the quality of learning for York students and making positive change on a local and global scale.

Excellence in Teaching

The Department of Humanities Awards for Excellence in Teaching recognize and celebrate excellence in teaching practices that promote deep student engagement through innovative delivery of the department's program learning outcomes.

They fall within three categories:

  • Teaching assistants (CUPE Unit 1) who have completed teaching in at least one 6-credit course in the Department of Humanities
  • Contract faculty (CUPE Unit 2) course directors or tutorial instructors who have completed teaching in at least 6 credits in the Department of Humanities
  • Full-time tenure-stream, tenured, or contractually limited appointments (CLAs) who have taught at least 30 credits but who have completed fewer than six years of teaching in the Department of Humanities

Nominations for these awards consist of:

  • Nomination letter (by any student or faculty member; maximum 750 words)
  • Summary of recent teaching evaluations (provided, with permission of the nominee by the Department of Humanities)
  • Teaching dossier (provided by the nominee; maximum 10 pages)
  • Supporting letters from 2 students (maximum 500 words each)
  • Supporting letter from 1 faculty member (maximum 500 words)

Any student or faculty member familiar with someone’s teaching may make nominations. Award winners are chosen based on nomination materials received by the department’s Teaching and Learning Committee. More than one award may be presented in a single category, but in some years (depending on nominations) awards may not be presented in all three categories.

Past Winners

Kym Bird (Full Time Faculty)

Tita Kyrtsakas (Teaching Assistant)

Carolyn Steele has won two teaching awards:

The Humanities Award for Teaching Excellence (Contract Faculty)
The Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence (2019-2020)

Alison Halsall (Full Time Faculty)

Mohamed Khimji (Contract Faculty) and Mark Terry (Teaching Assistant) & Roland Shainidze (Teaching Assistant)

Kabita Chakraborty (Full Time Faculty)

Gurbir Jolly (Contract Faculty) and Jason Hoult (Teaching Assistant)

Janet Milo-Thaiss and Maxine Wood (Contract Faculty)

Jacqueline Petropoulos (Contract Faculty); Tanhum Yoreh (Teaching Assistant)

Ryan Wei (Contract Faculty);  Lee Danes (Teaching Assistant)

Roger Fisher and Danny O'Rourke-DiCarlo (Contract Faculty); Inga Untiks (Teaching Assistant)

Deborah Clipperton (Contract Faculty); Jason Michelakos (Teaching Assistant)

Jennifer Duncan (Contract Faculty); Candace Iron (Teaching Assistant)

Book Awards & Academic Honours

  • Sylwia Chrostowska's debut novel Permission was chosen as one of five books of the year (2013) by Quill and Quire review editor Steven W. Beattie.
  • Stanley Tweyman has been appointed as a member of the SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships selection committee for a three year term.
  • Kabita Chakraborty was recognized for her ability to bring the lived experiences of children in slum communities in India and plantation communities in Malaysia into the classroom. Her teaching helps students make real-world connections with respect to theory and research. Chakraborty was lauded for her passionate and innovate teaching practice, as well as fostering the development of critical thinking and incorporating her global experiences into her teaching structure. For more information please see.  For more information please see the YFile article.
  • Tony Burke’s book, The Infancy Gospel of Thomas in the Syriac Tradition: A Critical Edition and English Translation (2017) won the Frank W. Beare Award, which recognizes an outstanding book in Christian origins, Post-Biblical Judaism and/or Graeco-Roman Religions by a member of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.
  • Sylwia Chrostowska's book The Eyelid (2020) was named one of four best new books in science fiction; her Matches (2015) was translated into French in 2018.
  • Andrea Davis: Honoree, 100 Accomplished Black Canadian women (100abcwomen.ca) 2018; Renaissance Award, Afro-Global Television Excellence Awards Program, 2017
  • Ted Goossen received the Order of the Rising Sun in 2018, the third highest order bestowed by the Japanese government. Prof. Goossen was recognized for his contributions to developing Japanese studies and promoting Japanese culture in Canada. He specializes in modern and contemporary Japanese literature and has translated a number of Japanese writers, including Shiga Naoya, Ibuse Masuji, and Murakami Haruki.
  • Ted Goossen has published three volumes: a translation of People from My Neighbourhood, by Hiromi Kawakami (Granta, UK), which has been submitted for the International Booker Prize.
  • Michael Herren received a SSHRC Insight grant for his project, “Critical edition of the Épinal-Erfurt Glossary,” the oldest Latin to Old English dictionary.
  • Theresa Hyun’s Korean/English collection of poetry Riding the Peace Express was translated into Chinese by Jilin National University Press.
  • Andrea Medovarski: Finalist for 2020 Canada Prizes in the Humanities and Social Sciences for her new book, Settling Down and Settling Up: The Second Generation in Black Canadian and Black British Women’s Writing (University of Toronto Press, 2019)
  • Markus Reisenleitner: Editor-in-Chief Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies
  • Christina Sharpe: New York Times book critic, Parul Sehgal, named Christina Sharpe’s book In the Wake (Duke UP 2016) one of the most important books they had read in 2018; In the Wake was also voted one of the best books of the decade by Duke University Press editors, and was featured in a series of essays in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism in November 2018.
  • Stanley Tweyman has been appointed as a member of the SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships selection committee for a three-year term.
  • Jesse Thistle’s From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way is:
    • Winner of the 2020 Indigenous Voices Award in Canada for prose in English.
    • Winner of the 2020 High Plains Book Award, Indigenous category.
    • Winner of Kobo's 2020 Canadian Non-Fiction Emerging Writer Prize.   
    • Finalist, CBC Canada Reads
    • A Globe and Mail Book of the Year
    • An Indigo Book of the Year
    • A CBC Best Canadian Nonfiction Book of the Year
    • Is currently the book From the Ashes is also the #1 bestselling book in Canada in both the overall and nonfiction categories