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Dean's Teaching Award - Contract Lecturers (CUPE 1 and 2) Recipients

The Dean's Teaching Awards – Contract Lecturers recognizes Ryerson CUPE Unit 1 and CUPE Unit 2 contract lecturers who have demonstrated continuing teaching excellence and achievement in instruction. The awards will be distributed according to the Faculty of the nominee: Faculty of Arts, The Creative School, Faculty of Community Services, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science, the Ted Rogers School of Management, and the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

Award recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition and a monetary award of $2,000 as a one-time payment (subject to applicable deductions).

Key criteria: Teaching

2022 Recipients

Donna Abdelrazik

School of Graphic Communications Management, The Creative School

With over two decades of industry experience in packaging design, technology and innovation, Donna Abdelrazik exemplifies the values of The Creative School. In industry, Donna is best known for leading the design of thermochromic ink technology on beer cans and bottle labels, better known as “Rocky Mountain Cold” blue mountains on Coors Light. In the classroom, Donna creates valuable, realworld experiences for her students. Most recently, her class partnered with Nestlé Canada for a significant student project with prize money totalling over $10,000 for students. This award celebrates Donna’s innovative approach to creating experiential learning opportunities to push what's possible.    

Karen Arthurton

School of Social Work, Faculty of Community Services

Karen Arthurton, BSW, MSW, RSW (School of Social Work) has developed with LAS@R a dynamic simulation-based training that allows participants to practice addressing racism and microaggressions in a simulated session with a “client.” The university community had the opportunity to see Karen in action at the Reflect-&-Resist workshops focusing on anti-Black racism. Recognizing Karen’s deep expertise in anti-racism and anti-oppression practice, the Psychology department contacted Karen to help develop their own training. This new collaboration, ongoing since 2020, has resulted in highly popular workshops that have empowered Clinical Psychology graduate students to discuss racism and oppression with their BIPOCQT clients.

Richard Beutler

School of Retail Management, Ted Rogers School of Management

Richard (“Rick”) Beutler is respected by students, Ryerson colleagues, and top industry employer partners as an emotionally intelligent teacher, mentor, and leader who demonstrates “Experiential Learning = Everyone Wins”. An authentic practitioner of equity, diversity, and inclusion, Rick has collaboratively built Retail Management internship and co-op opportunities while innovatively teaching and evolving his Internship, Career Strategies, and Sales Management courses to focus on every student’s success. A student summarized Rick’s 10 years at Ryerson as “ Thank you for everything you have done! This course was a great experience and one of the major highlights of my university career.

Zachary Cox

RTA School of Media, The Creative School

As a contract lecturer, Zach Cox is an essential member of the RTA School of Media’s video production teaching team. Zach connects his rich professional practice with students through the use of innovative and inclusive transmediated and open pedagogical approaches. In his thirteen years of teaching, Zach has developed a wealth of supplemental teaching resources that connect students to the complex technical process of video production. His teaching and mentorship has inspired a groundswell of support for his teaching resulting in high demand for current courses and student requests for new courses within Zach’s area of expertise.

Maurizio Di Maio

School of Accounting and Finance, Department of Accounting, Ted Rogers School of Management

Maurizio Di Maio is truly deserving of the Dean’s Teaching Award – Contract Lecturer for his genuine passion for student development through his personable teaching style, strong understanding and application of the academic content he educates, and the leadership and creativity he exudes not only within the classroom but beyond. Maurizio exhibits a significantly rare patience in ensuring his students truly understand the material that is being taught. Beyond his evident teaching strengths, Maurizio is truly respected by students because of his wisdom – he continues to motivate and inspire students to achieve their fullest potential.

Mark Silverberg

Arts, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education

Mark Silverberg is a Research Associate for Ryerson’s MLC (where he has offered a series of highly popular writing workshops and creative research groups) and a teacher of creative writing, literature, and academic writing. His leadership in teaching is evidenced in his EDI-focused Creative Writing course, chosen regularly by students from a diverse group of majors and backgrounds, and used as a model by The Chang School for pandemic virtualization. Imaginative writing, he believes, is both a skill and an experience that can have a transformative effect on lives, a truth well-supported through student and faculty commentary on his teaching.

Mark Silverberg

Department of English, Faculty of Arts

Mark Silverberg is a Research Associate for Ryerson’s MLC (where he has offered a series of highly popular writing workshops and creative research groups) and a teacher of creative writing, literature, and academic writing. His leadership in teaching is evidenced in his EDI-focused Creative Writing course, chosen regularly by students from a diverse group of majors and backgrounds, and used as a model by The Chang School for pandemic virtualization. Imaginative writing, he believes, is both a skill and an experience that can have a transformative effect on lives, a truth well-supported through student and faculty commentary on his teaching.

Odilia Yim

School of Early Childhood Studies, Faculty of Community Services

Odilia Yim is a Sessional Lecturer in the School of Early Childhood Studies. Her teaching approach is to build an open and safe classroom environment conducive to learning and inquiry, where students are respected and can participate and experiment freely among their peers. Her philosophy stems from her passion in promoting diversity and inclusion in all her endeavours. Previously, she was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award from the Canadian Council of Psychology Departments and received an Honourable Mention for the Excellence Award for Teaching Assistants. She was also recognized for her volunteerism by Canadian Blood Services in 2013 and 2018.

Past Recipients

  • Christopher Ambedkar
    School of Graphic Communications Management, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Finlay Braithwaite
    RTA School of Media, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Ciro Fernando Bustillo Lecompte
    School of Occupational and Public Health, Faculty of Community Services
  • Frank D'Onofrio
    Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Arts
  • Devin Glowinski
    Community Services, The Chang Shool of Continuing Education
  • Kateryna Metersky
    Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Faculty of Community Services
  • Adam Prokop
    School of Accounting and Finance, Department of Finance, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Lovisa Fung
    School of Early Childhood Studies, Faculty of Community Services
  • Mignette Garvida
    Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Faculty of Arts
  • Catherine Jenkins
    School of Professional Communication, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Monica Sauer
    Department of Chemistry and Biology, Faculty of Science
  • Andre Serero
    Law and Business, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Isabella Trindade
    School of Interior Design, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Wai Yeung Yan
    Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • School of Disability Studies Team, Faculty of Community Services
    Jenna Reid
    Danielle Landry
  • Karen Arthurton
    School of Social Work, Faculty of Community Services
  • Else Grech
    School of Accounting and Finance, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Ehssan Hosseini Koupaie
    Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Lisa Marie Pena-Sabanal
    School of Child and Youth Care, Faculty of Community Services
  • Kirsten Schaefer
    School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Holliday Tyson
    International Midwifery, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
  • Diana Varma
    School of Graphic Communications Management, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Donna Barnes
    School of Nutrition, Faculty of Community Services
  • Ross Fair
    Department of History, Faculty of Arts
  • Judy Healy
    School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Laurie Jacklin
    Arts Program Area - History, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
  • Valérie Kaelin
    School of Image Arts, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Steve Solomon
    School of Social Work, Faculty of Community Services
  • Jonathan Wong
    School of Graphic Communications Management, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Peter Bakogeorge
    School of Journalism, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Paul Chafe
    Department of English, Faculty of Arts
  • Omar Ha-Redeye
    Department of Law and Business, Ted Rogers School of Business Management
  • Chelsea Jones
    School of Disability Studies, Faculty of Community Services
  • Melissa Moos
    School of Occupational and Public Health, Faculty of Community Services
  • Nagina Parmar
    Department of Chemistry and Biology, Faculty of Science; and
    Science Program Area - Biology, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
  • Shahryar Rafiei
    Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Anna Romanovska
    School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication and Design