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Students’ Union hands out Teaching Excellence Awards

UToday HomeApril 26, 2013

Reed Ferber speaks after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Photos by Gene BainesReed Ferber speaks after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Photos by Gene Baines
Bill (William) Laing inducted into the Hall of Fame. Bill (William) Laing inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Anthony Russell is presented with a Teaching Excellence award in the science category by Kenya-Jade Pinto on behalf of the Students’ Union. Anthony Russell is presented with a Teaching Excellence award in the science category by Kenya-Jade Pinto on behalf of the Students’ Union.
On Wednesday, the Students’ Union (SU) honoured faculty members and instructors for their commitment to student success at its annual Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony.

The awards recognize individuals who make significant contributions in assisting students in reaching their highest potential. The Teaching Excellence Awards is a campus-wide recognition program for instructors who make a long-lasting impact on students — and most importantly, it is the students that determine the nominees and winners.

“It is an honour and a privilege to grant awards on behalf of undergraduate students to these 31 very deserving recipients,” said Kenya-Jade Pinto, SU vice-president (academic). “Exceptional teachers on our campus make a significant impact on how we learn and deserve to be recognized for the work they do to create such a positive academic experience."

First handed out in 1984, the awards allow students to provide feedback on the quality of instruction within their course. They also ensure that excellence in teaching remains a key priority, which is in-line with one of the three primary commitments made in the Eyes High vision to enrich the quality and breadth of learning at the University of Calgary.

Based on student nominations submitted over a six-week period in both the fall and winter semester, and a wide range of criteria previously set out by the SU, the teaching excellence committee conducted about 80 class visits to collect written feedback about professors and teaching assistants. The winners were then decided after the committee analyzed over 1,600 evaluation forms.

Winners of the Teaching Excellence Award receive an Apple Award and a framed certificate. In addition, the Students’ Union will make a $5,000 donation in recognition of the winners to the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Teaching Excellence Awards Winners

  • Arts: Ilan Danjoux, Joe Kadi, William N. Holden
  • Education: J. Kent Donlevy
  • Haskayne School of Business: Robert Malach
  • Kinesiology: Carol Anne Gibbons Kroeker
  • Medicine: William C. Cole
  • Nursing: Aaron Li
  • Schulich School of Engineering: Norm Bartley, Anil K. Mehrotra
  • Science: Anthony Patrick Russell, David Feder, Robert William Longair
  • Vet Med: Søren R. Boysen

Teaching Excellence Awards Honourable Mention

  • Chee Ken Wong, Christie Barron, Diana Mansell, Jennifer Davies, Jo-Anne Brown, MaryWyatt Sindlinger, Scott Radford, Theodore D. Hellmann

Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Reed Ferber, William Laing

Teaching Assistants Winners

  • Dawson Herman Fogen, Erick Elgin, Erin Stebner Degelman, Jocelyn Wiltshire, Kieran Jimenez

Teaching Assistants Honourable Mention

  • Joseph W. Windsor, SiRim Kim

For more information about the SU Teaching Excellence program and the criteria, please visit www.su.ucalgary.ca/page/quality-education/finance-and-awards/teaching-exellence-awards/overview

 

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