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2014-2015 SU Teaching Excellence Award Winners
On Wednesday April 22, 2015, the Students’ Union (SU) honoured 34 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 SU’s campus-wide recognition program is 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 34 very deserving recipients,” said Stephan Guscott, SU Vice President Academic. “What I love about these awards is that they are the only student-driven, campus-wide recognition program for instructors who show their passion and make a lasting difference in our educational experience.”
First handed out in 1984, the awards provide students with the opportunity to give 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 106 class visits to collect written feedback about the short-listed instructors. The winners were then decided after the committee analyzed close to 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 $5,000.00 donation in recognition of the winners to the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning.
For more information about the SU Teaching Excellence program, the criteria, and the photo gallery of winners, please visit www.su.ucalgary.ca/TEA
Attached photos by Gene Baines: