University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award

2019-20 Award Recipients

Award Description

The University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award recognizes faculty members who are effective teachers and demonstrate an exceptional commitment to student learning, pedagogical engagement, and teaching innovation. Up to four awards of $3,000 each will be offered annually. Award recipients will be honoured at the annual Excellence in Teaching Reception to be held in the Fall.


Tenure-stream Assistant Professors, continuing-stream Assistant Professors, teaching-stream and full-time clinical faculty who are within the first six years of their current continuing-stream academic appointment and have completed two years of teaching at the University of Toronto in their current continuing-stream appointment.


The University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award winners are determined by a process of nomination and selection by a committee. The Selection Committee will comprise tenure- and teaching-stream faculty members from different ranks and will include:

  • Vice-President & Provost (or Designate) — Chair
  • Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (one representative)
  • Four Faculty representatives, two of which shall be members of the Teaching Academy

The Selection Committee will assess candidates based on proven evidence of successful undergraduate and/or graduate teaching as well as evidence of impact in at least two of the following areas:

  • Initiatives to enhance and/or support student learning (e.g., the development of student mentoring programs, innovative classroom practices, distinct approaches to courses and curricula).
  • Initiatives promoting student-faculty interactions (e.g., development of learning communities, creating opportunities for co-/extracurricular learning).
  • Contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning (e.g., formal/informal research, presentations and/or publications on teaching and learning in a post-secondary environment).
  • Pedagogical contributions outside the classroom (e.g., contributions to departmental/divisional curricular initiatives, work with teaching/learning committees or centres, mentorship of more junior colleagues).
  • Ongoing pedagogical development/enhancement (e.g., professional development to enhance one’s own teaching, evidence of a scholarly approach to teaching).

Nomination Procedure

Nominations are solicited from members of the University community. A complete nomination package will include the following and should be submitted with a table of contents:

  • Letter of nomination written by a member of the University community, detailing the specific contributions of the candidate which address the selection criteria above as it relates to the candidate (maximum five pages).
  • Two to three letters from colleagues (one of which should be from a Principal, Dean, Vice-Dean, Associate Dean, Chair, or Academic Director) that speak directly to the impact that the candidate’s contributions have had to teaching and student learning.
  • Two to three letters of support from current or former students that speak directly to the impact the candidate has had on student learning and development.
  • Teaching philosophy statement written by the candidate (two to three pages).
  • Abridged current curriculum vitae (maximum 5 pages).
  • Summary of the candidate’s teaching-related achievements at the undergraduate and/or graduate level that address the selection criteria (noted above). The summary brief could include the following information (maximum 20 pages):
    • Course and curriculum development;
    • Summary of quantitative and qualitative feedback from students;
      Teaching and learning initiatives that the candidate has engaged in (e.g., development of an initiative for first year students, mentoring initiative for graduate students, outreach to high school students, integration/adoption of a new teaching approach, informal/formal research on learning, presentations on teaching, etc.);
    • Teaching development activities; and/or
    • Recognition of teaching contributions by students and/or colleagues.

Nominations should be submitted in PDF format by email to the Office of the Vice-President & Provost. Please submit the documents in the order outlined above and with a table of contents.

  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • It is the responsibility of the nominator to ensure that the nomination package is complete. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered by the Selection Committee.
  • Re-submissions: Nominations may be resubmitted once for a total of two consecutive years. Each re-submission must be accompanied by a new nomination letter.

Nomination deadline: January 15, 2021.


Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education

Past Recipients


Anne McGuire, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Equity Studies, New College
Daniel Zingaro, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, University of Toronto Mississauga
Matthew Sergi, Assistant Professor, Tenure Stream, Department of English
Toula Kourgiantakis, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work


Jayne Baker, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto Mississauga
Sohee Kang, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough
Jamie Kellar, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
David Liu, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Arts & Science


Sanja Hinic-Frlog, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga
Dawn Kilkenny, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering
David Roberts, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Innis College Urban Studies Program, Faculty of Arts & Science
Ashley Stirling, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education


Christian Caron, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts & Science
Alen Hadzovic, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough
Anthony Niblett, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law


Aarthi Ashok, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough
Fiona Rawle, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga
Michael Reid, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Faculty of Arts & Science
Kyle Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga