U of T Mississauga Excellence Awards

The University of Toronto Mississauga has established four Excellence Awards and a Research Prize to annually recognize the work of the faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Teaching Excellence Awards (Faculty)

The Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Teaching includes lecturing, involvement in seminars and tutorials, individual and group discussions, laboratory teaching and other means by which students derive educational benefits. Teaching effectiveness is demonstrated by the degree to which the faculty member is able to stimulate and challenge the intellectual ability of students, to communicate academic material effectively and to maintain a mastery of his/her subject areas. It also involves maintaining accessibility to students and the ability to influence the intellectual and scholarly development of students.
The award recipients will receive $3000 for teaching-related initiatives/research.

          Divisions

          Nominees to the Teaching Excellence Awards will be considered according to the following Divisions:

  • The E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award for Senior Faculty has been established to recognize excellence in teaching from senior Associate Professors or full Professors whose major appointment is to the University of Toronto Mississauga campus.
  • The Junior Division has been established to recognize excellence in teaching from Assistant Professors and early Associate Professors (within 1-2 years of receiving tenure) whose major appointment is to the University of Toronto Mississauga campus.
  • The Sessional Division has been established to recognize excellence in teaching from Course Instructors and Sessional Lectures at any level. Nominees will only be considered for their work as a course instructor on the University of Toronto Mississauga campus. Individuals must have two (2) or more terms (H or Y) of experience working as a course instructor to be eligible for this award.

Award Criteria
The Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards are made on the basis of excellence in teaching in its broadest sense. Excellent teachers typically demonstrate the following qualities: display a mastery of and enthusiasm for the subject area, and have effective communication skills; have been exemplary in one or more areas of teaching; are judged to be "outstanding," rather than merely "very good;" stimulate and challenge students' minds, and encourage their intellectual development; and are interested in and reasonably accessible to students.

Beginning in 2018, the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award competition will have three divisions, Sessional, Junior, and Senior, each functioning as a seperate award. The Teaching Excellence Award for Sessionals is targeted at Sessional Lecturers and Course Instructors, the Teaching Excellence Award for Junior Faculty is targeted at Assistant Professors and early Associate Professors, and the E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award for Senior Faculty is targeted at senior Associate Professors and full Professors respectively.

*** Names for these two new awards (Junior Division, Sessional Division) honouring past UTM members are under discussion, and suggestions would be welcomed. Please send suggestions to Heather Miller at vdteachlearn.utm@utoronto.ca. ***


June Scott Teaching Excellence Award (Teaching Assistants)

The objective of the June Scott Teaching Excellence Awards for Teaching Assistants is to recognize publicly the contributions, which teaching assistants make towards the achievement of excellence in undergraduate education, and to honour those who have made exceptional contributions to teaching.
The award recipient will receive $2000 for conference travel/professional development.

Award Criteria
The award is made on the basis of excellence in teaching in its broadest sense. Excellent teachers typically demonstrate the following qualities: display a mastery of, and enthusiasm for, the subject area, and have effective communication skills; have been exemplary in one or more areas of teaching; are judged to be "outstanding," rather than merely "very good"; stimulate and challenge students' minds, and encourage their intellectual development; and are interested in and reasonably accessible to students.


Desmond Morton Research Excellence Award

The Desmond Morton Research Excellence Award recognizes outstanding achievement in research and scholarly activity by faculty members of the University of Toronto Mississauga.
The award recipient will receive $5000 for research activity/professional development.

Award Criteria
Research excellence is demonstrated by a significant and sustained impact, through contributions to her/his field of study, an ability to stimulate and challenge the research of students, to communicate research results effectively, and to maintain a mastery of his/her subject area.


UTM Annual Research Prizes

The UTM Annual Research Prize recognizes outstanding early career faculty members at the University of Toronto Mississauga, one each from Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences.
The award recipients will receive $2000 for research activity/professional development.

Award Criteria & Selection
Awards will be made on the basis of outstanding contributions to research and scholarship in the nominee's field for a period up to and including two years post tenure. Discipline-specific selection committees, chaired by the UTM Vice-Principal, Research, or delegate, will evaluate the quality and impact of nominees' research to select award winners.


Karen Thiffault Staff Service Excellence Award

The Karen Thiffault Staff Service Excellence Award was established to recognize service to the University of Toronto Mississauga that exceeds job parameters. Through the efforts of these staff members, there has been noticeable improvement in specific areas at U of T Mississauga. Department Chairs and Heads of Departments are uniquely qualified and encouraged to recommend U of T Mississauga staff for this award. In choosing the successful recipients, the committee focuses on nominations for staff who have made a significant impact on life at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Nominations are encouraged for staff who perform roles that are both "behind the scenes" and "front line." The Karen Thiffault Staff Service Award Adjudication Committee may elect to award up to two awards each year, reflecting distinctions between staff roles.
The Award Recipient(s) will receive $2000 for staff development by individual in consultation with their manager.

Award Criteria
The award recognizes accomplishments of the candidate that are beneficial to the university community as follows:

  • Commitment to high standards & personal/professional integrity
  • Inspiration to students, staff, and/or faculty
  • Service to the UTM community

Principal Nominators

Any individual or group at the University of Toronto Mississauga may submit nominations as the principal nominator. Nominations from students are encouraged.
 

Deadline for Submission of the Nomination Package

Nomination packages are due Friday, May 25, 2018 by 5 pm
 

Privacy & Confidentiality of Nominations

  • Nomination packages will be disseminated to Adjudication Committee members, and the membership of those Committees will likely not be set until after the nomination deadline.
  • The successful nominee will be provided with a full copy of the complete nomination package (along with a congratulatory letter).
  • Successful nomination dossiers, including references, can be viewed on demand (by appointment) in the Office of the VP, Research.
  • Please do not include confidential information in the nomination package. 
     

2017 Awards Winners

  • E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award for Faculty
    Dr. Sanja Hinic-Frlog from the Department of Biology, Dr. Lawrence Switzky from the Department of English and Drama, and Dr. Yuhong He from the Department of Geography were selected as the three recipients of the E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding teaching by a faculty member.
     
  • June Scott Teaching Excellence Award  for Teaching Assistants
    Mr. Michael Donnelly from the Department of English and Drama and Dr. Bernice Iarocci from the Department of Visual Studies were selected as the two recipients of the June Scott Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding teaching by a teaching assistant.
     
  • Desmond Morton Research Excellence Award
    Professor Ronnie Beiner from the Department of Political Science was selected as the recipient of the Desmond Morton Research Excellence Award, in recognition of the breadth, impact, and excellence of his respective research.
     
  • Karen Thiffault Staff Service Excellence Award
    Ms. Maeve Doyle
    from the Biomedical Communications Program at the Department of Biology and Ms. Wendy Norman from the Office of the Registrar were selected as the two recipients of the Karen Thiffault Staff Service Excellence Award, which recognizes service to the life of the campus in ways that go far beyond job parameters.
     

Contact:

Rong Wu
Administrative Assistant
Office of the Vice-Principal, Research
Tel: 905-569-5768
Email: rong.wu@utoronto.ca