"Starlets" and seasoned pros shared the spotlight at Tuesday nightÕs ceremony for the DSU Teaching Awards.
Calling himself one of the young starlets, Kevin Stanley of the Faculty of Engineering said heÕs reassured by the award because this year marks his first attempt at teaching. Prof. Stanley instructs an early-morning dynamics class filled with sleepy engineering students.
ÒIÕm deeply honoured by this award,” he said while holding his glass trophy. ÒIt really tells me IÕm in the right place. I love what IÕm doing and IÕm looking forward to a long career doing it.”
Another first-time teacher, Elaine Craig with the Faculty of Law, was also given one of the sparkling awards. She teaches the required course Constitutional Law, a rather heavy and dry subject that she makes engaging and understandable, according to second-year law student David Mollica.
ÒYou should be home reading,” she admonished with a smile as he handed her the award.
Teachers who inspire:
The envelope, please. HereÕs the list of winners of the DSU Teaching Awards:
But it wasnÕt only the newbies who climbed the stage of the McInnes Room. Several students spoke passionately about the inspiration they've drawn from experienced teachers.
ÒI was taken aback by his enthusiasm,” remarked Josyl Simmons of Frank Palermo, a professor with the Faculty of Architecture and Planning. ÒItÕs really empowering.”
Psychology student Daniel Clark nominated Jean Burnell with the Faculty of Science, for making organic chemistry bearable. He credited Dr. BurnellÕs teaching, which he called Òclear, sardonic, funny and insightful.”
ÒOrganic chemistry can be truly painful if you donÕt have the right teacher,” he said. ÒI felt for once that I understood what was being said as it was being said.”
And student Eric Snow complimented his professor, Dr. Ernest Grundke of the Faculty of Computer Science, for being Òa professor you can count on, no matter what.” He said Dr. Grundke goes the extra mile to help students to understand their assignments, even when theyÕre for classes he doesnÕt teach.
Putting himself in the Òold goat” category, Dr. Grundke said he was running out to buy a helmet Òto keep his head from swelling.”
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