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Recognizing outstanding instructors

UToday HomeFebruary 8, 2013

Kristi Bark, seen here teaching a group of international students in Continuing Education’s English Language Program, is among 47 instructors being recognized Feb. 8 for significant teaching milestones. Photo by Jazhart Studios Inc.Kristi Bark, seen here teaching a group of international students in Continuing Education’s English Language Program, is among 47 instructors being recognized Feb. 8 for significant teaching milestones. Photo by Jazhart Studios Inc.The hard work and commitment of hundreds of instructors teaching thousands of lifelong learners each year will be celebrated tonight at a University of Calgary Continuing Education Instructor Appreciation Evening.

“We can all remember an outstanding teacher — someone who really made a difference in our lives,” says Scott McLean, director of Continuing Education. “Every semester, hundreds of Continuing Education instructors make such a difference in the lives of their students.”

The Instructor Appreciation Evening is held every second year to recognize the remarkable contributions of Continuing Education instructors. More than 500 academics and industry professionals — all experts in their fields — are contracted each year, collectively teaching more than 39,000 hours annually. Instructors are held to a high standard through student evaluations conducted after every class.

The highlight of the evening will be the recognition of 47 instructors who have reached significant teaching milestones, from 500 teaching hours with 15 years of service to more than 5,000 hours.

Five current and former instructors with the English Language Program have taught at least 5,000 hours: Kristi Bark, Laura Di Lullo, Dora Di Lullo-Patten, Karen Fofonoff and Jeff Lowry.

Patricia Pitsel, a Calgary psychologist and human resource professional, has taught more than 4,000 hours to business seminar students.

Robert A. Schulz, a professor of strategic management at the Haskayne School of Business, has taught more than 3,000 hours to business seminar students.

Learn more about Continuing Education.