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Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence Recipients

The Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes TMU educators or groups of educators with outstanding teaching records, and who have made contributions to advancing teaching and learning at TMU. Nominations should focus on i) innovation in teaching, ii) inclusive teaching, or iii) experiential teaching. Up to three awards will be given out annually.

Individual recipients receive a certificate of recognition and a one-time monetary award of $2,000 (subject to applicable deductions). Group recipients receive individual certificates and a total one-time monetary award of $2,000 (subject to applicable deductions) to be shared equally among members. 

2024 recipient

Scott Franks

Lincoln Alexander School of Law

As a tenure-stream faculty member at the Lincoln Alexander School of Law, Professor Franks teaches required and elective courses in Indigenous and Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Legal Theory and Practice. Since the inauguration of the law school in 2020, Professor Franks has assisted the law school with the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. His inclusive, innovative and collaborative teaching includes assisting faculty members and adjuncts with the integration of Indigenous law, issues and perspectives in their courses, and prepares Indigenous and non-Indigenous law students for practice in Indigenous community contexts.

Kathleen Hammond

Lincoln Alexander School of Law

Prof. Hammond relies on non-traditional methods to teach law – drawing on film, imagery, video games – to great effect. Her creative teaching is admired by her colleagues, and she is beloved by her students, who have awarded her their Professor of the Year award. She generously shares her innovative teaching materials; founded and directs the Health Law and Innovation Research Group; extensively supervises students learning innovative research methods; and through her role in developing the graduate program is ensuring that innovation will be foregrounded as the law school takes this new step. She embodies innovation and teaching excellence.

Yukari Seko

The Creative School

Since 2019, Dr. Seko has quickly emerged as a leader and innovator in the field of graduate supervision. She has received a prestigious Teaching Fellowship (2022-23) and a Learning and Teaching Grant (2020-21) from the CELT to develop a solution-focused graduate supervision training and communities of practice for faculty and graduate students. Dr. Seko has also demonstrated excellence in innovative course re/design by implementing flipped classroom approach and arts-based assignments (supported by the Creative School ECI Curriculum Grant). As a committed advocate for social justice and inclusive education, Dr. Seko’s has consistently created rich learning experiences for her students.

Past recipients

  • Alyssa Counsell
    Faculty of Arts
  • Kateryna Metersky
    Faculty of Community Services 
  • Karen Peesker
    Ted Rogers School of Management 
  • Erin Ziegler
    Faculty of Community Services
  • Linda Zhang
    School of Interior Design, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Louis-Etienne Dubois
    School of Creative Industries, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Elsayed Elbeshbishy
    Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Naomi Hamer
    Department of English, Faculty of Arts

Provost’s Experiential Teaching Award

  • Judy Finlay
    School of Child and Youth Care, Faculty of Community Services
  • Richard Lachman
    Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic

Provost’s Innovative Teaching Award

  • Tae Hart
    Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Provost’s Experiential Teaching Award

  • Linying Dong
    Information Technology Management, Ted Rogers School of Management

Provost’s Experiential Teaching Award

  • Christopher Gibbs
    School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Vicki Van Wagner
    Midwifery Education Program, Faculty of Community Services

Provost’s Innovative Teaching Award

  • Marni Binder
    School of Early Childhood Studies, Faculty of Community Services