Dalhousie Alumni Association Award of Excellence for Teaching Recipients



Dr. Catherine Craig, (Professor; Simulation Coordinator - Obstetrics) Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Catherine Craig has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Dalhousie Alumni Association Award of Excellence for Teaching. Dr. Craig, professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, has worked in the department for the past 27 years. She is being recognized for her excellence as an educator, mentor, advocate, and innovator. 

Dr. Craig has developed an innovative, evidence-based simulation program for undergraduate and postgraduate students that prepares them for high acuity, low frequency, and challenging clinical situations in obstetrics. Dr. Craig’s students describe the learning environment she creates as positive, safe, and supportive, which enables learning to be optimized and confidence to be nurtured. Her impact in the area of simulation has also been noted nationally and internationally. She has been a leader in the development of a national simulation program for Obstetrics and Gynaecology residency training programs and has also assisted in incorporating simulation as an integral part of the Competence By Design (CBD) curriculum through her work on the Royal College CBD Committee. At an international level, she has been instrumental in teaching at Train the Trainer simulation workshops in Rwanda and lecturing at the Songea University College School of Medicine in Tanzania. She has also collaborated with Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana in the development of an obstetrics simulation program for their residents. Further, Dr. Craig has made seminal contributions to the literature, often supervising resident trainees, with her main focus being in the area of simulation in medical education.

Dr. Craig is also committed to the wellbeing and resilience of the members of her department. She has made an impact through her leadership in the development of a departmental Wellness and Safety Committee that has undertaken many initiatives to enhance wellbeing in the workplace. She has additionally spearheaded the design and implementation of a wellness curriculum for residents in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She is described by her nominators as having an emotional intelligence that enables her to be immensely effective as a mentor and as an advocate. Her longstanding commitment to education, mentorship, advocacy, and innovation has been invaluable to learners and her colleagues in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.


Dr. Jennifer Stamp, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, Faculty of Science


Matthew Schnurr, International Development Studies

Dr. Schnurr, associate professor in the Department of International Development studies, is this year’s recipient of Dal’s top institutional award for teaching. The honour recognizes the interdisciplinary reach of Dr. Schnurr’s educational leadership in simulation-based learning. Through the establishment of an Atlantic Canada community of practice, facilitated by the frequently accessed Simulations and Student Learning Website, he has created an online hub for faculty, educational developers and graduate students. He also improved teaching through spearheading the creation of Dalhousie’s guidelines on research related to the scholarship of teaching and learning, an initiative aligned with his own evidence-based assessment of the impact of his teaching and learning initiatives.


Dr. Alison Thompson, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Respecting differences in the classroom and beyond

DalNews, Obinna Esomchukwu - November 22, 2018


Dr. Vivian Howard, School of Information Management

Vivian Howard, this year's recipient of the university's top teaching award, first joined Dal in a full-time role in 1999 as one of the original instructors in the then newly launched Bachelor of Management program. Since then, she has built a reputation as an outstanding teacher and community leader. An associate professor in the School of Information Management, Dr. Howard is being recognized for her scholarly contributions on teaching and learning and for her commitment to community engagement and helping boost retention efforts for international students. She has also provided consistent support for peers across faculties on major initiatives such as the development of the Indigenous Studies minor, which launched in the fall of 2015.

Meet this year's Dalhousie teaching award winners

DalNews, Ryan McNutt and Matt Reeder - June 15, 2017


Anne Marie Ryan, Department of Earth Sciences

This year’s top award for teaching is being presented to Anne Marie Ryan. Dr. Ryan has been with Dalhousie since 2001. She is being recognized for her leadership in developing programs for early career faculty within the Faculty of Science and the expansion to a “Community of Teaching Practice, Faculty of Science,” as well as her her scholarly contributions to pedagogic research. One student noted that, “Anne Marie is a great prof whose dedication and love for geology is evident through her teaching styles and enthusiasm.”

Originally posting: Helping students succeed: Meet this year's Dal teaching award winners. Posted by Michelle Soucy and Ryan McNutt, Dal News on May 11, 2016.

Turning teaching into a conversation

Posted by Emily Côté for Dal News on December 8, 2016

1997 - 2015


2015: Dr. Carolyn Campbell, School of Social Work

2014: Dr. Roberta Barker, Department of Theatre

2013: Dr. Arunika Gunawardena, Department of Biology

2012: Dr. Frank Harvey, Department of Political Science

2011: Dr. Simon Gadbois, Department of Psychology

2010: Dr. Jean Burnell, Department of Chemistry

2009: Dr. Tracy Taylor-Helmick, Department of Psychology

2008: Dr. Tom MacRae, Department of Biology

2007: Dr. Peter O’Brien, Department of Classics

2006: Dr. Peter Aucoin, School of Public Administration

2005: Dennis Phillips, Department of Psychology

2004: Stephen Coughlan, Schulich School of Law

2003: Marty Leonard, Department of Biology

2002: James Stolzman, Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology

2001: T. Stanley Cameron, Department of Chemistry

2001: A. Wayne MacKay, Schulich School of Law

2000: Patricia DeMéo, Department of French

1999: Phil Campagna, School of Health & Human Performance

1998: Timothy Lee, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

1997: Simpali Srinivas, Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computing Science