E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award for Faculty

The E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award for Faculty was established to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Teaching includes lecturing, involvement in seminars and tutorials, individual and group discussion, laboratory teaching and other means by which students derive educational benefit. 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 recipient will receive $5000 for teaching-related initiatives/research.

Award Criteria

The E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence 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.

In 2017, both a junior (Assistant Professor, sessional) and a senior (Associate Professor, Professor) award may be given, if a sufficient pool of applicants exists. Beginning in 2018, separate junior and senior competitions will be established.

Past Winners

Name

Department

Year

Sanja Hinic-Frlog

Lawrence Switzky

Yuhong He
Biology

English & Drama

Geography
2016-2017

Fiona Rawle

Biology

2015/2016

Katherine Rehner

Language Studies

2014/2015

Paul Piunno

Chemical & Physical Sciences

2013/1014

Ken Derry

Historical Studies

2012/2013

Joe Leydon



Andrew Petersen

Geography

Mathematical & Computational Sciences

2011/2012

Kathi Wilson

Geography

2010/2011

Alexandra Gillespie

English & Drama

2009/2010

Dax Urbszat

Psychology

2008/2009

Alison Syme

Visual Studies

2007/2008

Arnold Rosenbloom

Mathematical & Computational Sciences

2006/2007

Alison Weir

Mathematical & Computational Sciences

2005/2006

Tracy Rogers

Anthropology

2004/2005

Wagih Ghobriel

Angela Lange

Chemical & Physical Sciences

Biology

2003/2004

Alison Fleming

Psychology

2002/2003

David Smith

Anthropology

2001/2002

David Trott

Language Studies

2000/2001

Krik Blankstein

Psychology

1998/1999

Linda Kohn

Biology

1997/1998

Barbara Murck

Geography

1996/1997

Guido Pugliese

Language Studies

1995/1996

Thomas Martone

Art History

1994/1995

Doris Geddes

Mathematical & Computational Sciences

1993/1994

Ulrich Krull

Chemical & Physical Sciences

1992/1993

Charles Elkabas

Language Studies

1991/1992

Judith Poë

Jacqueline Brunning

Chemical & Physical Sciences

Philosophy

1990/1991

 

Principal Nominators

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

Nominators are encouraged to read the following guidelines carefully prior to submitting a nomination.

Nominee Eligibility

The award is open to individuals whose major appointment is at the University of Toronto Mississauga and who hold the academic rank of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Lecturer, Senior Tutor, Tutor, or Course Instructor, who hold primary responsibility for, and teach, classes large and/or small, day and/or evening. Individuals granted primary responsibility for a course may be members of the Faculty Association (with continued appointment or contractually-limited term appointment) or may be members of various Units of CUPE3902.

Individuals may be nominated for the award any number of times, but may receive the award only once.

Adjudication Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated for the award by the Adjudication Committee on the basis of outstanding performance in several of the following areas:

  • Classroom instruction, including lecturing, small group teaching and/or laboratory instruction.
  • Consultation with students outside of class, including individual tutoring and advising.
  • Supervision of individual coursework, including projects and undergraduate theses.
  • Course and/or curriculum design and improvement.
  • Production of educational materials and resources that can be demonstrated to increase the effectiveness of undergraduate teaching.
  • Educational development, planning and research, which results in generally improved teaching in the University, College or Department.

Adjudication Committee Process

There are no fixed criteria or rules for the selection of award winners. Members of the Teaching Awards Adjudication Committee are encouraged to use their good judgment in weighing different categories of teaching, and different sources of evidence, as they see fit.

Nomination Package Requirements & Format

From 2015, all nomination packages submitted to the Teaching Excellence Award must be submitted electronically as single PDFs, and may not exceed 75 pages (excluding CV). (No hard copies of anything.)

A complete nomination package will include (1) a detailed covering letter from the principal nominator (maximum 5 pages), summarizing and explaining the documentation, and drawing attention to the most significant points brought forward in favour of the candidate, (2) a dossier outlining the nominee's teaching duties and accomplishments in the areas listed under Adjudication Criteria, and (3) miscellaneous requirements outlined below, providing vital summary information to facilitate the adjudication process. The nomination should be clear, comprehensive and well documented. Nominators will need to be selective in the type and amount of evidence they collect to support the nomination package, in order to meet the 75-page limit.

The dossier may include…

  • Courses taught or students supervised.
  • Descriptions or reviews of educational materials produced, or accounts of other innovations or contributions to teaching practice.
  • Representative letters from students and others, explaining why they think the nominee is deserving of the award.
  • The nominee’s Curriculum Vitae. (Not included in the 75-page limit.)
  • Formal teaching evaluations, normally provided by the Chair of the appropriate department. (Please summarize the raw data.)
  • A sample and summary (no more than 50 pages) of other relevant information, such as teaching materials, which demonstrates the award criteria.

Miscellaneous Nomination Requirements…

  • A title-page that includes the principal nominator’s contact information.
  • A table of contents, and labeled pages dividing distinct package sections.
  • A list of those who have written letters supporting the nomination, including the constituencies represented. (In general, strong nominations include support from several constituencies, such as students, former students, teaching assistants, faculty colleagues, and departmental Chairs.)
  • A summary, potentially included as part of the covering letter, of the important points brought forth in the letters, including pertinent quotations with the surname, in parenthesis, of the person who wrote the letter.
  • Must not exceed 75 pages (excluding CV).

Deadline for Submission of the Nomination Package

The nomination package must be complete and in PDF format. The PDF should be saved in the name of the nominee. That PDF can then be uploaded to the UofT Dropbox at the link below, and using that system, sent to Rong Wu (rong.wu@utoronto.ca)

https://dropbox.utm.utoronto.ca/dropoff.php

Nomination packages are due Friday, May 26, 2017 by 5 pm.

Notes on Privacy & Confidentiality

  • 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).
  • The Adjudication Committee administration will NOT notify unsuccessful nominees of their nomination, nor will the administration provide them (or anyone other than the Adjudication Committee) with a copy of the unsuccessful dossier.
  • Successful nomination dossiers, including references, can be viewed on demand (by appointment) in the OVPR.
  • Please do not include confidential information in the nomination package.

Questions?

Please contact Rong Wu (rong.wu@utoronto.ca) if you have questions about this year's E.A. Robinson Teaching Excellence Award competition. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQ will be updated throughout the competition. Please refer back here regularly to stay
up-to-date if you are preparing a nomination.

When will I find out the competition results?

  • The Adjudication Committee usually meets in June or July, so you will hear one way or the other shortly thereafter. Only the principal nominators are notified; Nominees themselves are not directly notified.

If the nomination I submitted is unsuccessful, will I be provided feedback?

  • Principal nominators will be provided with the contact information of the Chair of the Adjudication Committee upon request. Requests for feedback should be made directly to the Chair.