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Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence Recipients

The Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes Ryerson educators or groups of educators with outstanding teaching records, and who have made contributions to advancing teaching and learning at Ryerson. 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. 

2022 recipients

Kateryna Metersky

Faculty of Community Services

Dr. Metersky is well-known for contributions to educational innovation through creation of the CLLEAR framework as an approach to online teaching, poetry writing, research in education on novel approaches to deliver emerging topics in healthcare, and student engagement through design of activities that push students to reflect on their positionality, execute change, and discuss thorny issues. Dr. Metersky’s inclusive, diverse and student-focused approaches are exemplary. Dr. Metersky recently received STTI’s Gail J. Donner Award for Excellence in Nursing Education from an international nursing honour society. She is also the past recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Award for CUPE 1 Lectures.     

Karen Peesker

Ted Rogers School of Management

Karen Peesker, Assistant Professor in the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has made an impactful teaching contribution that is second to none, to benefit students, the faculty, and the university. She demonstrates exceptional and enthusiastic teaching skills in the classroom to bring theory to life. In addition, she has devoted time and energy to create the Ted Rogers Sales Leadership program which has led to increased student engagement and satisfaction, student coop placement, hiring of alumni, corporate fundraising, and increased TRSM/Ryerson visibility and reputation in the Canadian business community as well as in the North-American academic community.     

Erin Ziegler

Faculty of Community Services

Dr. Erin Ziegler (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing. She teaches in the undergraduate, graduate and nurse practitioner program. Her clinical practice and research are focused on access to healthcare and health outcomes of gender and sexuality minorities, and is informed by the principles of cultural humility and health equity. She co-developed the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity eLearning toolkit, which has been recognized for its significant international impact in shaping evidence-informed practice. She consistently demonstrates a commitment to inclusivity in teaching with direct impact on nursing education, practice and scholarship.

Past recipients

  • 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