Atkinson community recognizes excellence in teaching

Student learning is shaped in large part by what goes on inside of the classroom. Books, course material, discussions and assignments all contribute to the development of valuable skills and knowledge. But perhaps the most profound impact on student learning comes directly from the course instructors teaching in each program. Their approach to instruction and classroom management, and their interdisciplinary outlook on real world issues provides students with the challenges they need to prepare them for graduation and beyond.

This fall, students, staff, alumni and faculty have the opportunity to recognize outstanding Atkinson instructors by nominating them for the 2006-2007 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award, established in 2005, highlights contributions to student learning and success, while also recognizing the individual impact a teacher can have on Atkinson’s rich and diverse culture.

“This is a very important award because it recognizes the continuing, and often overlooked, role of teaching,” said Julia Richardson (right), professor for the School of Administrative Studies and 2005-2006 award recipient. “There is a tendency in academia for research and publication to be our most dominant concern. Teaching is an enjoyable and extremely rewarding dimension of what we do as faculty. Being nominated last year brought home to me the fact that students are deeply impacted by faculty – both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Recipients of the annual award include one full-time and one part-time faculty member. Each receive a $750 honorarium and recognition for their outstanding contribution to the Atkinson community.

Nominations for the award are due Nov. 30, and may be submitted to the Committee on Teaching and Learning by fax to 416-650-8179, or by e-mail to Hard copies will also be accepted and should be delivered to the Atkinson Faculty Council, Room 143, Atkinson Bldg.

For more information or to download a nomination form, click here.