The School of Continuing Studies presented its first Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1993. In doing so the School wished to recognize teachers who embody the highest attributes of the teaching profession. At McGill University, this is a way of honouring teachers who are committed to quality teaching, who motivate their students, and who have the drive to spur students and build on the competencies they acquired before attending the School.
In the eyes of the thousands of students who come to further their education at McGill after working hours, distinguished teachers at McGill's School of Continuing Studies are those who:
- Are passionate about supporting students’ learning;
- Are responsive to individual students’ specific requests for guidance;
- Help students to develop autonomy in the learning process;
- Provide encouragement and a sense of accomplishment notwithstanding the difficulty of any given assignment or course;
- Consistently demonstrate their expertise in the subject matter or field;
- Inspire students to commit themselves to becoming life-long learners;
- Are at all times professional and respectful.
Although all distinguished teachers have not embodied all of these qualities, you would be surprised at the number who do!
The Schools Academic Committee requests the assistance of students to identify members of the Schools teaching staff who exemplify these qualities and values. Students who put forward nominations of deserving individuals are indeed helping the University to meet its own objective of recognizing quality teaching.
The Schools Academic Committee looks forward to receiving thoughtful nominations from its student body. The official criteria for this Award may be found here.
Recipients of the Award for Distinguished Teaching
Joseph N. Armanious
Maria Eduarda Nunes
Tomasz Maciej Kiczka
Sharron Dorothy Wall