The award recognizes faculty members who are effective teachers and demonstrate an exceptional commitment to student learning, pedagogical engagement, and teaching innovation. Each year, up to four awards are offered.
Professor Toula Kourgiantakis is being recognized for developing Practice Fridays for MSW students at the FIFSW.
A ceremony presenting the awards will be held in the Fall of 2019.
The University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award winners are determined by a process of nomination and selection by a committee. The selection committee assess candidates based on proven evidence of successful undergraduate and/or graduate teaching as well as evidence of impact in at least two of the following areas:
- Initiatives to enhance and/or support student learning (e.g., the development of student mentoring programs, innovative classroom practices, distinct approaches to courses and curricula).
- Initiatives promoting student-faculty interactions (e.g., development of learning communities, creating opportunities for co-/extracurricular learning).
- Contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning (e.g., formal/informal research, presentations and/or publications on teaching and learning in a post-secondary environment)
- Pedagogical contributions outside the classroom (e.g., contributions to departmental/divisional curricular initiatives, work with teaching/learning committees or centres, mentorship of more junior colleagues).
- Ongoing pedagogical development/enhancement (e.g., professional development to enhance one’s own teaching, evidence of a scholarly approach to teaching).