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Outstanding educators recognized for contributions to teaching

Recipients of 2015 University of Calgary Teaching Awards honoured at celebration of teaching
March 25, 2015
Provost Dru Marshall with recipients of the 2015 University of Calgary Teaching Awards at the celebration of teaching. Photo by Adrian Shellard

Provost Dru Marshall with recipients of the 2015 University of Calgary Teaching Awards at the celebration of teaching. Photo by Adrian Shellard

 

Willem Wildering received the award for experiential learning initiatives, in part for his work with the neuroscience field course that gives students hands-on research experience. Photo by Adrian Shellard

Willem Wildering received the award for experiential learning initiatives, in part for his work with the neuroscience field course that gives students hands-on research experience. Photo by Adrian Shellard

The atrium of the EEEL Building echoed this week with accolades for a group of outstanding educators who were honoured for their contributions to teaching and learning during the second annual celebration of teaching.

Recipients of the 2015 University of Calgary Teaching Awards were presented with their awards by president Elizabeth Cannon and Dru Marshall, provost and vice-president (academic).

“I’m delighted to join the rest of the university community in thanking this year’s recipients for their exceptional commitment to student learning,” Marshall said. “Their achievements have contributed to enhancing the quality and breadth of learning across our university campus.”

The awards program received 71 nominations in its second year, in 11 different categories. The University of Calgary Teaching Awards recognize outstanding contributions by individuals and teams, in diverse areas including educational leadership, curriculum development, teaching online, team teaching and graduate supervision.

Willem Wildering, an associate professor in biological sciences, said he’s honoured to receive the award for experiential learning initiatives.

Wildering incorporates experiential learning into two courses that he teaches: Zoology 595 and Neuroscience 301. The neuroscience field course sees first-year students research the impact of different environmental conditions on pond snails. The students come up with a research project, design and carry out experiments, and give presentations on their results.

“It’s a true research experience,” Wildering said.

In addition to giving students an intensive “learning through research” experience, Wildering’s aim is to help students find their own way to learning — to show them how to learn.

“I think curiosity is one of the strongest forces in getting people to learn,” he said. “It’s great to see how students pick up on the opportunity to find their own way.”

Please join in congratulating all of the recipients of the 2015 University of Calgary Teaching Awards:

  • Award for Curriculum Development
    Bachelor of Education Program
  • Award for Educational Leadership (formal role)
    Dr. Jennifer Lock, Werklund School of Education
  • Award for Educational Leadership (informal role)
    Dr. Ken MacMillan, Department of History, Faculty of Arts
  • Award for Experiential Learning Initiatives
    Dr. Willem Wildering, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science
  • Award for Full-Time Academic Staff
    Instructor: Dr. Kyla Flanagan, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science
    Senior Instructor: Norm Bartley, Schulich School of Engineering
    Assistant Professor: Dr. Adam McCrimmon, Werklund School of Education
    Associate Professor: Dr. Reed Ferber, Faculties of Kinesiology and Nursing
    Full Professor: Dr. Jo Towers, Werklund School of Education
  •  Award for Graduate Assistants (Teaching):
    Ashley Bromby, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science
    Muhammad Khan, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Faculty of Science
    Yang Liu, Werklund School of Education
  • Award for Graduate Supervision
    Dr. Nancy Moules, Faculty of Nursing
  • Award for Non-Academic Staff (Team)
    Julie Boyd, Monika Davidson, Nicole Ethier, Nicola Howard, Kris Russell Markin, Courtney Wright, Tracy Wyman
    Department of Anthropology & Archaeology, Faculty of Arts
  • Award for Non-Academic Staff (Individual)
    Bill Richardson, Faculty of Kinesiology
  • Award for Sessional Instructors
    Dr. Susanne Cote, Department of Anthropology & Archaeology, Faculty of Arts
  • Award for Teaching in Online Environments
    Dr. Barb Brown, Werklund School of Education
  • Award for Team Teaching
    Dr. Søren Boysen and Dr. Serge Chalhoub, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine