Award for Teaching Excellence
The Macdonald Campus Award for Teaching Excellence is made to full-time academic staff including Faculty lecturers who are teaching students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and/or the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition. The award is presented at the Spring Convocation.
To be eligible, the recipient must demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the subjects taught, have enthusiasm for the subject and the capacity to arouse interest in it among the students. He/she sets high standards and successfully motivates students to attain these standards, encourages students to participate in the teaching-learning process, and uses methods of evaluation of student performance which stress an understanding of the subject rather than mere ability to memorize. Furthermore, the recipient demonstrates consistency in excellence both at the undergraduate and graduate teaching levels.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Award for Teaching Excellence.
2013 AWARD FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE
The recipient of the 2013 Macdonald Campus Award for Teaching Excellence is George McCourt, Faculty Lecturer and Associate Director (Undergraduate Affairs) of the McGill School of Environment.
George participates in a number of courses; he is responsible for Geosystems, is part of an interdisciplinary team that teaches The Global Environment, The Evolving Earth and Desert Ecology, and serves as project supervisor for students in the McGill School of Environment capstone course Environmental Research.
In course evaluations, George is referred to as knowledgeable, clear, passionate, captivating, inspiring, caring, understanding, approachable and friendly.
George believes that learning is a holistic process and that teaching should engage students in the learning process. As a believer in student-centered learning, George considers himself as an enabler and facilitator rather than a lecturer. He continually attempts to improve the manner in which he engages students in the learning process.
Earlier this year, George was the recipient of the Catalyst Award for Staff Contribution to Sustainability Efforts. This award was a direct result of his commitment to sustainability and supervision of students on a variety of topics that have contributed to progress on sustainability within our Institution. He is highly regarded as a teacher, a supervisor and a mentor.
It is with considerable pride and appreciation that the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences presents George McCourt with the 2013 Macdonald Campus Award for Teaching Excellence.
PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS
2012 Dr. Elena Bennett, Assistant Professor, Natural Resource Sciences/McGill School of Environment
2011 Dr. Marilyn Scott, Associate Professor, Parasitology
2010 Mr. Christian Molgat, Faculty Lecturer, Farm Management and Technology Program
2009 Dr. Alice Cherestes, Faculty Lecturer, Freshman Program
2008 Dr. Christopher M. Buddle, Assistant Professor, Natural Resource Sciences
2007 Dr. Manfred E. Rau, Associate Professor, Natural Resource Sciences
2006 Dr. Murray Humphries, Assistant Professor, Natural Resource Sciences
2005 Dr. David J. Lewis, Associate Professor, Natural Resource Sciences
2004 Dr. Arif Mustafa, Assistant Professor, Animal Science
2003 Dr. Donald Niven, Associate Professor, Natural Resource Sciences
2002 Dr. Marcia J. Waterway, Associate Professor, Plant Science
2001 Dr. Dominique Berteaux, Assistant Professor, Natural Resource Sciences
2000 Dr. Terry A.Wheeler, Assistant Professor,Natural Resource Sciences
1999 Dr. Laurence B. B. Baker, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Economics
1998 Dr. Ashraf A. Ismail, Assistant Professor, Food Science & Agricultural Chemistry
1997 Dr. James W.Fyles, Associate Professor, Natural Resource Sciences
1996 Dr. G. S. Vijaya Raghavan, Professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
1995 Dr. James P. Smith, Associate Professor, Food Science & Agricultural Chemistry
1994 Dr. Edward McKyes, Professor, Agricultural Engineering
1993 Dr. Peter H. Schuepp, Professor, Renewable Resources
1992 Dr. G. S. Vijaya Raghavan, Professor, Agricultural Engineering
1991 Dr. Jeffrey D. Turner, Assistant Professor, Animal Science
1990 Dr. Kristine G. Koski, Assistant Professor, Dietetics and Human Nutrition
1989 Dr. Elliot Block, Associate Professor, Animal Science
1988 Dr. Clare McFarlane, Faculty Lecturer, Animal Science
1987 Dr. Mamdouh A. Fanous, Associate Professor, Agricultural Statistics
1986 Dr. Donald Niven, Associate Professor, Microbiology