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 2015 Award for Teaching Excellence.
2014 AWARD FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE
Dr. Chris Solomon, Natural Resource Sciences
The recipient of the 2014 Macdonald Campus Award for Teaching Excellence is Chris Solomon, Assistant Professor of aquatic ecology in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences.
Chris teaches Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Quantitative Methods in Ecology, and Fish Ecology, a new course that he introduced. Chris has consistently excellent student evaluation scores and was recommended for this award by numerous students and colleagues. He is commended by students for his unpretentious, approachable, and respectful manner and his infectious passion for science and teaching. Chris strives for relevance and clarity in his teaching and this is clearly appreciated by his students. At the same time, his classes are challenging and involve, as one student put it, an “incredibly steep learning curve”. He believes that skills are as important as information, and that skills are best learned by doing. Chris achieves this in his classes by using problem-based, experiential learning: taking his students on extended field trips and innovating class activities to actively engage them in understanding the course material.
To paraphrase a heartfelt nomination by a former student, “In this day and age, when training science students to be objective and open-minded, with the hope of bettering the world, Chris is the kind of teacher every science student should have at least once. He was the first teacher at McGill to show me how fun science is! He has inspired me with a meaningful direction in my life by helping me understand what I’m capable of as a scientist. He will forever be one of the professors to whom I owe the most.”
It is with pride and appreciation that the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences presents Chris Solomon with the 2014 Macdonald Campus Award for Teaching Excellence.
PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS
2013 Mr. George McCourt, Faculty Lecturer and Associate Director (Undergraduate Affairs) of the McGill School of Environment
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