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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 2016 Award for Teaching Excellence.

 


2015 AWARD FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE

Dr. Jan Adamowski, Bioresource Engineering

Jan Adamowski accepts the Macdonald Award for Teaching Excellence from Principal Suzanne Fortier. Photo by Owen Egan.
The recipient of the 2015 Macdonald Campus Award for Teaching Excellence is Jan Adamowski, Associate Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering. Dr. Adamowski teaches many courses each year, including Engineering for Sustainability and Watershed Systems Management. A large part of Dr. Adamowski’s teaching includes leadership in the world-renowned Integrated Water Resource Management non-thesis Master’s program, which guides students through eye-opening courses and a semester-long internship. In all his teaching, Dr. Adamowski has earned near-perfect student evaluations across several years.

Comments from students reflect his teaching excellence:

This is the most organized, professional, friendly, punctual, on topic, energetic professor I have ever had. ...he has brought his expertise to campus to improve our students and share his knowledge. His class is dynamic and tackles learning in a holistic manner. ...The way he teaches his class and his demeanour are exemplary and he is filled with the best intentions to help his students. He is an exceptional professor at McGill University."

In the classroom, Dr. Adamowski is known for his engaging, clear and coherent lecture style, his ability to foster participation, and for giving extensive feedback to his students.  He also inspires students outside of the classroom, and in the words of one student: “he set a good example of the kind of professional I am striving to become”.

With enthusiastic support, pride and appreciation, the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences presents this year’s Macdonald Campus award for Teaching Excellence to Dr. Jan Adamowski.


PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS

2014 Dr. Chris Solomon, Assistant Professor, Natural Resource Sciences
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