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Students' Union hosts 30th annual Teaching Excellence Awards

Student feedback about outstanding teachers determines nominees and winners
April 25, 2014
Certificates and Apple trophies for the annual SU Teaching Excellence Awards. Photo by Gene Baines

Certificates and Apple trophies for the annual SU Teaching Excellence Awards. Photo by Gene Baines

Mark Petovello, one of the Teaching Excellence Award winners from the Schulich School of Engineering. Photos by Gene Baines

Brad Kilb won a Teaching Excellence award in Kinesiology.

Brad Kilb won a Teaching Excellence award in Kinesiology.

Jodi Nettleton is a teaching assistant in Kinesiology.

Jodi Nettleton is a teaching assistant in Kinesiology.

Brandon Koger is a teaching assistant in Science.

Brandon Koger is a teaching assistant in Science.

On Wednesday the Students’ Union honoured faculty members and instructors for their commitment to student success at its 30th annual Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony.

The awards recognize teachers and teaching assistants 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.

“The feedback and comments received for all the nominees were truly outstanding and made deciding on our award winners a difficult decision,” said Emily Macphail, vice-president (academic). “I’m grateful that our campus has such dedicated teachers and I am excited to present these awards celebrating the work that they do and the impact that they have.”

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 semesters, and a wide range of criteria previously set out by the SU, the teaching excellence committee conducted more than 100 class visits to collect written feedback about professors and teaching assistants. The winners were then decided after the committee analyzed almost 2,000 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.

Visit SU Teaching Excellence Awards for more information about program and criteria. 

Teaching Excellence Awards Winners

Arts

  • David L. Bershad
  • Susanne Meredith Cote
  • David G. Dick
  • Joshua D. Goldstein

Haskayne School of Business

  • Robert Isaac
  • Brent Snider

Werklund School of Education

  • Liana Appelt

Kinesiology

  • Brad Kilb

Medicine

  • Guido van Marle

Law

  • Evaristus Oshionebo

Nursing

  • Marlies R. Murdoch

Schulich School of Engineering

  • Mark Petovello
  • Leszek Sudak

Social Work

  • Carla Hamarsnes

Science

  • Heather Addy
  • Robert Barclay
  • Rachid Ouyed

Veterinary Medicine

  • Cameron Knight

Teaching Excellence Awards Honorable Mentions

  • Dawn Bryan (Arts)
  • Wendy Benoit (Science)
  • Susan Bennett (Arts)
  • Peter Bowal (Haskayne School of Business)
  • J. Kent Donlevy (Werklund School of Education)
  • Chris Framarin (Arts)
  • Brandon Hisey (Kinesiology)
  • Heather Jamniczky (Medicine)
  • Annette Lane (Nursing)
  • Michel Levy (Veterinary Medicine)

Teaching Assistants Winners

  • Keith D'Arcy
  • Amanda Deacon
  • Erick Elgin
  • Dawson Fogen
  • Abhirup Goswami
  • Brandon Koger
  • Anton Mosunov
  • Jodi Nettleton
  • Brianna Marlise Rizutti
  • Randall W. Squires