2020 - 2021 Faculty of Health Remote Teaching and Mentorship Award

The past year has been challenging for teachers, staff, and students alike. The shift to remote learning has been a significant adjustment, and we are all balancing a range of demands, including bridging the virtual divide; creating accessible, inclusive remote learning spaces; supporting student mental health and well-being; helping students stay on track with course progression; facilitating faculty events; managing accommodations for co-op and other placements; undergraduate and graduate student mentorship; peer mentorship; delivering engaging, meaningful content; and more. 

The Faculty of Health Teaching Fellows have created a one-time Faculty of Health Remote Teaching and Mentorship Award to honour the valuable contributions that our faculty and staff have made—and continue to make—toward creating a vibrant, collegial, supportive, engaging remote learning environment during this unprecedented year.

Congratulations to our recipients:

  • Luke Potwarka, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Sara Houston, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Narveen Jandu, Public Health Sciences
  • Doris Makowich, Public Health Sciences
  • Chris Vigna, Kinesiology and Health Sciences
  • Justin Yates, Kinesiology and Health Sciences

Nomination process and selection

Who can be nominated?

All Faculty of Health faculty and staff (not only instructional) are eligible for nomination, and, unlike our Faculty of Health Teaching Award focused on the student experience, this award is peer-nominated and aims to recognize the behind-the-scenes work that often goes unseen by students.

How can I nominate someone?

Do you have a colleague who has gone the extra mile to mentor and support students over the last three terms (i.e., Spring 2020 through Winter 2021)? Developed innovative curricular activities? Created or led a student-focused program or initiative? Provided support related to student mental health and well-being? Developed resources or delivered workshops? Mentored a peer or colleague?

If so, please consider nominating them for this award using this nomination form before May 31, 2021. Please note that only current faculty and staff are eligible to submit nominations.

The nomination requires the following information:

  • Who you are
  • Who you are nominating
  • Why your nominee would be a great recipient for the Faculty of Health Remote Teaching and Mentorship Award (100-350 words)

Who selects the winners?

Up to two awards will be granted in each unit, one for staff and one for faculty. The winners will be selected by a committee comprised of Dean Lili Liu, Associate Dean Undergraduate Leeann Ferries, and Associate Dean Graduate Brian Laird.   

Winners will be awarded a $200.00 W Store gift card.

While this award is for faculty and staff only, please consider nominating an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student teacher/mentor (e.g., a Teaching Assistant or Seminar Coordinator) for the Faculty of Health Teaching Assistant Award or the campus-wide Amit & Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student.

Thank you for supporting and celebrating the amazing work that goes on in our Faculty!