Denise Belsham, Jane Freeman, Sharon Switzer-McIntyre and Steven Thorpe receive President's Teaching Awards
Four faculty members at the University of Toronto are receiving the President’s Teaching Award, in recognition of their ongoing contributions to educational leadership and innovation and their sustained excellence in teaching.
The winners are:
- Professor Denise Belsham of the department of physiology in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine
- Professor, Teaching Stream, Jane Freeman of the School of Graduate Studies
- Associate Professor Sharon Switzer-McIntyre of the department of physical therapy in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine
- Professor Steven Thorpe of the department of materials science and engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
“Congratulations to this year’s recipients of this very important distinction,” said President Meric Gertler. “U of T’s excellence in teaching is fundamental to our local and global impact, and our educators make a big difference for the better in the lives of our students. Members of the President’s Teaching Academy provide an example and an inspiration for all of us, at the heart of our academic mission.”
The President’s Teaching Award is the university’s highest honour for teaching. Winners receive $10,000 per year for five years to be used towards professional development. They also become members of the U of T Teaching Academy, which meets regularly to discuss matters relevant to teaching and offers advice to the president and the vice-president and provost, as well as the director of the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation.