University of Calgary

Teaching Excellence Awards

UToday HomeApril 27, 2012

By Nathan Long

Annette Lane was one of 21 faculty members and instructors to be recognized at the Students’ Union’s annual Teaching Excellence Awards banquet. Photo by Gene BainesAnnette Lane was one of 21 faculty members and instructors to be recognized at the Students’ Union’s annual Teaching Excellence Awards banquet. Photo by Gene BainesThe University of Calgary Students’ Union honoured 21 faculty members and instructors for their commitment to student success at its annual Teaching Excellence Awards banquet this Tuesday evening.

"The Students’ Union hosts the Teaching Excellence Awards to recognize individuals who make significant contributions in assisting students reach their highest potential," says Students' Union Vice President Academic Ola Mohajer.

"What I love about these awards is that they are the only 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."

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.

Mohajer says teachers are chosen for their ability to communicate broad and accurate knowledge of subject matter and for their self-confidence and skills to create enthusiasm among students.

Other criteria include their successes at challenging students and cultivating creative thinking as well as their availability for consultation outside of class, and fairness and consistency in grading.

The winners were determined from a total of 1163 separate nominations and include:

Faculty of Arts: Mila Gabruck, Clara Joseph, William Laing, Melissa Boyce, Christian Olbey

Faculty of Education: Jim Paul

Haskayne School of Business: Scott Radford

Faculty of Kinesiology: Reed Ferber

Faculty of Medicine: Guido Van Marle, Dr. Mayi Arcellana-Panlilio and  teaching assistant Erin Stebner

Faculty of Nursing: Jennifer Langille and Annette Lane

Schulich School of Engineering: Mark Petovello

Faculty of Science: Jason Donev, Anthony Russell, Yousry Elsabrouty and Kyla Flanagan

Faculty  of Social Work: Les Jerome

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine: Matt Read and Amy Warren