FIFSW Teaching Award

Division : Factor–Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

Type : Divisional Teaching Award, Graduate Education


The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work values excellence in teaching and contributions to its educational programs through curriculum development, innovation, and research on education.  A biannual award may be awarded to teaching faculty members, to recognize outstanding contributions to education through any combination of the following: 

  • Instruction in classroom, seminar, labs, field education  
  • Development of innovative teaching approaches  
  • Supporting students outside the classroom including tutoring, advising and mentoring  
  • Supervision of research thesis or project  
  • Course design and/or curriculum development  
  • Development of innovative educational materials  
  • Leadership in improving teaching  
  • Research on teaching  
  • Commitment to effective collaboration with colleagues and education partners
  • Educational leadership within or outside the university related to curriculum development, teaching methodology, or research on education.


  1. Nominees have demonstrated the ability to stimulate, challenge and develop the intellectual capacity of students
  2. Nominees have been sensitive to students’ differing learning needs and styles.
  3. Nominees have promoted academic integrity and adherence to professional standards.
  4. Nominees have used methods of evaluation commensurate with the educational goals and provides regular feedback to students.
  5. Nominees have been accessible to students.
  6. Nominees have contributed to the development of significant new courses or have undertaken curricular reform, program design, or redesign.
  7. Nominees have undertaken successful enhancements in the teaching domain including new and innovative teaching processes, materials, and forms of evaluation, as well as effective use of technology including new media.
  8. Nominees have published textbooks, websites, or IT courseware that enhance learning.
  9. Nominees have developed and implemented innovative educational programming and assessment in support of the curriculum.
  10. Nominees have obtained significant grant funding for a teaching project.
  11. Nominees have undertaken research on teaching.
  12. Nominees have regularly presented at educational conferences.
  13. Nominees have presented and published papers in educational journals and/or the main journals in the discipline that have an educational focus.
  14. Nominees have worked with colleagues at cognate institutions, to enhance pedagogy in the discipline.


Eunjung Lee, Associate Dean, Academic, Professor & Endowed Chair in Health & Mental Health