Wiktor Askanas
Business Administration, University of New Brunswick (Fredricton Campus)

WIKTOR ASKANAS, Professor, joined the Faculty in 1983. Wiktor received his undergraduate and graduate training in Warsaw, Poland. Wiktor earned his Ph.D. in Management from the Polish Academy of Science. Prior to coming to the University of New Brunswick, he worked for a number of business organizations and universities in Poland, USA, France, Mexico and Canada. His research includes the impact of computers on entrepreneurship and small business, strategic issues in managing financial institutions and privatization. Wiktor received the University of Excellence in Teaching Award, and is a recipient of the 3M Teaching Fellowship. He is also the 2003 Atlantic[...]

WIKTOR ASKANAS, Professor, joined the Faculty in 1983. Wiktor received his undergraduate and graduate training in Warsaw, Poland. Wiktor earned his Ph.D. in Management from the Polish Academy of Science. Prior to coming to the University of New Brunswick, he worked for a number of business organizations and universities in Poland, USA, France, Mexico and Canada. His research includes the impact of computers on entrepreneurship and small business, strategic issues in managing financial institutions and privatization. Wiktor received the University of Excellence in Teaching Award, and is a recipient of the 3M Teaching Fellowship. He is also the 2003 Atlantic Canada recipient of the National Post Leaders in Management Education Award. In recognition of his contribution to the study of management in his native country, he was awarded the Order of Poland. Outside of Academia he is a member of two Board of Directors and Senior Advisor to the President of a major bank.

James Fenwick
Biology, University of Ottawa/Université d’Ottawa

His department chairman describes a class of 200 students “cheering their approval” when a petition to nominate Dr. Fenwick for this award was announced. Since 1987, Dr. Fenwick has received teaching awards from the University of Ottawa and from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations. His excellent teaching evaluations over many years include many from large enrolment, required first-year courses, notorious for evaluating more harshly than small, upper year courses.

His leadership activities include running teaching workshops for new faculty members, a faculty-wide workshop for teaching assistants, serving on the Senate Committee on Teaching Resources and chairing the Faculty[...]

His department chairman describes a class of 200 students “cheering their approval” when a petition to nominate Dr. Fenwick for this award was announced. Since 1987, Dr. Fenwick has received teaching awards from the University of Ottawa and from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations. His excellent teaching evaluations over many years include many from large enrolment, required first-year courses, notorious for evaluating more harshly than small, upper year courses.

His leadership activities include running teaching workshops for new faculty members, a faculty-wide workshop for teaching assistants, serving on the Senate Committee on Teaching Resources and chairing the Faculty Teaching Effectiveness Committee and the Education Committee of the Canadian Society of Zoologists. All these activities are in addition to maintaining a flourishing research program and providing major contributions to curriculum reform in his department.

David Humphreys
Chemistry, McMaster University

Dr. Humphreys is one of a very select group of faculty members to be promoted to Full Professor based on his educational activities. He has been given many awards for his outstanding teaching, including the “Catalyst Award” from the Manufacturing Chemists Association (one of only three Canadians in the 30 year history of the award), the Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario award and the Science Faculty award from the McMaster Students’ Union. He is widely known for his “inspirational” lectures designed to excite students’ interest in studying chemistry and he originated drop in study centres at McMaster. His research and[...]

Dr. Humphreys is one of a very select group of faculty members to be promoted to Full Professor based on his educational activities. He has been given many awards for his outstanding teaching, including the “Catalyst Award” from the Manufacturing Chemists Association (one of only three Canadians in the 30 year history of the award), the Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario award and the Science Faculty award from the McMaster Students’ Union. He is widely known for his “inspirational” lectures designed to excite students’ interest in studying chemistry and he originated drop in study centres at McMaster. His research and development work includes a wide variety of non-lecture teaching methods including videotapes, videodiscs and self-study modules.

His leadership contributions include many international workshops on university teaching and learning. He was founding Director of the McMaster Instructional Development Centre and helped establish Teaching and Learning Committees at McMaster and throughout the Province. He was co-founder and chair of the M.Sc/M.A. (Teaching) Program and has organized several major conferences on university teaching.

Awards

  • 1977 – Catalyst Medal Award of Manufacturing Chemists Association (international award for contributions to chemical education).
  • 1981 – Science Teachers Association of Ontario (S.T.A.O.) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science Education.
  • 1985 – McMaster Students Union Teaching Award
  • 1989 – 3M National Teaching Award
  • 1991 – Union Carbide Award (national award given by the Chemical Institute of Canada for outstanding contributions to chemical education).
  • 1992 – Staley Foundation Lecturer in the United States.
  • 1993 – Distinguished Educator award from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
  • 1994 – President’s Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership, McMaster University.
Andrea Lebowitz
English, Simon Fraser University

For nearly 25 years, Andrea Lebowitz has been the outstanding teacher in her department. She is a recipient of the Simon Fraser Excellence in Teaching Award and consistently obtains extremely high teaching evaluations from students. She has a reputation for engaging and challenging students, leading them to a deep intellectual search into the subject.

As well as chairing the English Department’s Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for seven years, she developed, coordinates and teaches in the Women’s Studies Program. She has conducted seminars on university teaching and learning methods, is a leader in teaching assistant orientation and has developed and taught new[...]

For nearly 25 years, Andrea Lebowitz has been the outstanding teacher in her department. She is a recipient of the Simon Fraser Excellence in Teaching Award and consistently obtains extremely high teaching evaluations from students. She has a reputation for engaging and challenging students, leading them to a deep intellectual search into the subject.

As well as chairing the English Department’s Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for seven years, she developed, coordinates and teaches in the Women’s Studies Program. She has conducted seminars on university teaching and learning methods, is a leader in teaching assistant orientation and has developed and taught new courses in the Writing Program. She is working on institutional efforts to improve the teaching of writing and is an advisor to the B.C. Department of Education.

Peter McLeod
Pharmacology, McGill University

Peter McLeod has received teaching awards as “Outstanding Basic Science Teacher” as well as the Osler award for overall teaching excellence during the four year M.D. program at McGill. He is the only member of this large Faculty to have been so honoured. His teaching evaluations repeatedly show that students consider him to be an inspirational clinical teacher and lecturer. He has an unusual empathy with students and takes a great deal of care with both the methodology and content of his courses.

He has had an enormous impact on teachers in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill by pioneering[...]

Peter McLeod has received teaching awards as “Outstanding Basic Science Teacher” as well as the Osler award for overall teaching excellence during the four year M.D. program at McGill. He is the only member of this large Faculty to have been so honoured. His teaching evaluations repeatedly show that students consider him to be an inspirational clinical teacher and lecturer. He has an unusual empathy with students and takes a great deal of care with both the methodology and content of his courses.

He has had an enormous impact on teachers in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill by pioneering faculty development courses on clinical teaching, on lecturing and on the preparation of teaching materials. He has given many courses, workshops and invited addresses on these topics across Canada and internationally. He is the Faculty’s representative on the Principal’s subcommittee on University Teaching and Learning.

Alexander Middleton
Zoology, University of Guelph

In a poem written by a student in his Biology course for Arts students ends with the words “(he) realized the highest achievement known to his discipline … He can make an English major love science!”. Dr. Middleton received the teaching award from the Ontario Confederation of Faculty Associations and consistently receives outstanding student ratings. His elegant and humane teaching is complemented by such innovations as computer-aided learning.

Sandy Middleton has been conducting teaching workshops for his colleagues, and internationally, since 1985. He was co-ordinator of Instructional Development for the University from 1986-88 and has worked on a long list[...]

In a poem written by a student in his Biology course for Arts students ends with the words “(he) realized the highest achievement known to his discipline … He can make an English major love science!”. Dr. Middleton received the teaching award from the Ontario Confederation of Faculty Associations and consistently receives outstanding student ratings. His elegant and humane teaching is complemented by such innovations as computer-aided learning.

Sandy Middleton has been conducting teaching workshops for his colleagues, and internationally, since 1985. He was co-ordinator of Instructional Development for the University from 1986-88 and has worked on a long list of teaching related committees, including the Academic Consultant Team, the Instructional Development Grants Committee, the Senate Committee on Educational Development and the Computer Assisted Teaching in Education Committee. He redesigned and edited “Teaching Forum”, a campus publication on teaching and has participated in programs on teaching for new faculty and for teaching assistants.

Manfred Prokop
Germanic Studies, University of Alberta

Manfred Prokop’s outstanding teaching has been honoured through awards such as the Rutherford Prize, the University’s most prestigious award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, the Faculty of Arts Teaching Prize and honourary life membership in the Modern Language Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. For almost ten years his teaching ratings have averaged 4.9 out of 5, far above the Faculty average.

He has displayed an exceptionally high level of educational leadership through extensive research, development and publications (over 60 in the past 20 years) on second language teaching. He has developed courses to teach and coach teaching assistants as[...]

Manfred Prokop’s outstanding teaching has been honoured through awards such as the Rutherford Prize, the University’s most prestigious award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, the Faculty of Arts Teaching Prize and honourary life membership in the Modern Language Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. For almost ten years his teaching ratings have averaged 4.9 out of 5, far above the Faculty average.

He has displayed an exceptionally high level of educational leadership through extensive research, development and publications (over 60 in the past 20 years) on second language teaching. He has developed courses to teach and coach teaching assistants as well as sessions for teaching assistants through the University Committee to Improve Teaching and Learning.

Paul Sills
University of Western Ontario

His students and colleagues regard him as quite simply the best teacher in the Faculty of Dentistry. Dr. Sills is an outstanding teacher in the classroom, in the undergraduate clinic and in the postgraduate laboratory. He has received the Province-wide teaching award from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and the University-wide award from Western.

Dr. Sills has given workshops and seminars on teaching strategies to other faculty members in his own Faculty, across the university and in other universities across North America. He annually organizes and leads a weekend retreat for full-time and part-time instructors to encourage excellence[...]

His students and colleagues regard him as quite simply the best teacher in the Faculty of Dentistry. Dr. Sills is an outstanding teacher in the classroom, in the undergraduate clinic and in the postgraduate laboratory. He has received the Province-wide teaching award from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and the University-wide award from Western.

Dr. Sills has given workshops and seminars on teaching strategies to other faculty members in his own Faculty, across the university and in other universities across North America. He annually organizes and leads a weekend retreat for full-time and part-time instructors to encourage excellence and cohesion in teaching, evaluation techniques and curriculum.

Lois Stanford
Linguistics, University of Alberta

Dr. Stanford’s teaching has been consistently rated as outstanding over more than twenty years. A typical student comment: “I liked every part of the course, the instructor’s empathic concern for students, the art the instructor used in conducting the class and the thought-provoking assignments”.

Dr. Stanford’s teaching record and personal qualities led to her being invited to be one of the key people who established the University’s peer consultant program for colleagues wishing to assess and improve aspects of their teaching. She has helped train new consultants and stimulate the creation of peer consultant programs at other universities through invited[...]

Dr. Stanford’s teaching has been consistently rated as outstanding over more than twenty years. A typical student comment: “I liked every part of the course, the instructor’s empathic concern for students, the art the instructor used in conducting the class and the thought-provoking assignments”.

Dr. Stanford’s teaching record and personal qualities led to her being invited to be one of the key people who established the University’s peer consultant program for colleagues wishing to assess and improve aspects of their teaching. She has helped train new consultants and stimulate the creation of peer consultant programs at other universities through invited workshops and seminars. She was a core group member of the University’s Inventory and Plan for Teaching Effectiveness and has contributed many hours of her time in support of activities of the Committee for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning.

Presentations:

  • “Excellence in Learning”. Northern B.C. College/University Conference, Dawson Creek, January 1994.
  • “Information Literacy and the First Year Experience”. University of Alberta Libraries, Edmonton, April 1993.
  • “Getting the Word Out: Student Experience and Transition to the University”. Alberta Principals’ Association, Banff, April 1992.
  • “Creating the Institutional Climate and Culture: What Can Universities Do to Promote and Reward Good Teaching?”. University of Saskatchewan Instructional Development Program, Saskatoon, April 1992.
  • “The Big Step: The Role of Student Services in the Transition from High School to University”. Phi Delta Kappa Education Honorary, Edmonton, November 1991.

Publications:

  • “An Academician’s Journey into Information Literacy”. In D. Farmer and T. Mech (editors), Information Literacy: Developing Students as Independent Learners. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 1992.
Clarke Thomson
Geography, Brock University

Dr. Thomson’s teaching record has earned him the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, the only teaching award at his university. He has a sustained record of very high student ratings and a reputation among his colleagues as a demanding but always fair instructor, committed to high quality in learning and concern for his students.

His leadership includes his work with the University Instructional Development Committee, first as a member and, for the last three years, as its chairman. He has organized workshops for teaching assistants and faculty members, evaluated proposals for grants to introduce new teaching methods and wrote[...]

Dr. Thomson’s teaching record has earned him the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, the only teaching award at his university. He has a sustained record of very high student ratings and a reputation among his colleagues as a demanding but always fair instructor, committed to high quality in learning and concern for his students.

His leadership includes his work with the University Instructional Development Committee, first as a member and, for the last three years, as its chairman. He has organized workshops for teaching assistants and faculty members, evaluated proposals for grants to introduce new teaching methods and wrote a proposal to the President for the creation of an Office and Director of Instructional Development.

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