UTSC's 2018 Tri-campus Teaching Award Winners

Northrop Frye Award

Aisha Ahmad, Professor, Department of Political Science, UTSC

Aisha Ahmad, a professor in the Department of Political Science at U of T Scarborough, wins the Northrop Frye Award, given to faculty members whose curriculum innovations enhance the student experience. She is an award-winning scholar of political Islam and international security, and she is deeply committed to helping students become engaged international citizens. Ahmad organizes extra-curricular learning opportunities ranging from lunches connecting students with mentors to events helping students grapple with rising anti-Muslim rhetoric, such as a debriefing session after the 2016 American election. Students love her methods for teaching how to read and analyze scientific research, and the engaging classroom exercises she uses to bring political theory to life. www.alumni.utoronto.ca

Early Career Teaching Award and Teaching Fellowship

Sohee Kang, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream,

Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, UTSC


Professor Sohee Kang received her Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Toronto, and joined the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences and the Centre for Teaching and Learning in 2013. She is also a Statistics Coordinator in the Mathematics and Statistics Learning Centre and is dedicated to not only providing statistical consultations for faculty and graduate students, but to also increasing interest in, and passion for, statistical knowledge and pedagogy in general. Professor Kang is active in both developing and testing new pedagogical technologies to facilitate students’ learning and to maximize teaching effectiveness. She is currently on the development team creating a mathematics communication and collaboration environment for the classroom, a Web-based application called MC2 (Mathematics Classroom Collaborator). Professor Kang implemented gamification features on the online homework system, WeBWorK. She adopted and further developed an innovative assessment technique, Immediate Feedback Collaborative Assessment Tool (IFCAT) in weekly tutorials that works on any Internet connected device and is integrated with a leaderboard to encourage student engagement. These innovations have also been featured in her research publications and have received internal and external funding. Beyond the University, she has also taken on educational leadership roles at both the Statistical Society of Canada and the international statistical literacy project. www.memos.provost.utoronto.ca