These 10 professors are best in class
Every year, 10 Canadian professors are recognized for their exceptional contributions to teaching and learning by the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, created by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 3M Canada. All 10 will be profiled on Maclean’s On Campus in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back often. Here are this year’s 10 winners:
The food marketing professor, a highly sought-after chocolate expert, created the award-winning online course “Marketing yourself,” which teaches students how to manage their careers.
Laroque teaches harmony with nature—which he learned from parents and elders—though it is his work with dendrochronology (tree rings and dating objects) that lands him on TV.
Described as “innovative, engaging and unconventional,” Dahl’s teaching style is student-centred, and his “New venture design” course offers students a shot at CBC’s Dragon’s Den.
The German professor is a “teaching leader,” one who offers “a life-changing, life-altering experience” through language learning (including a summer immersion in Germany) and drama.
The professor of writing and literary theory teaches students how to “read Edmonton” through theoretical texts, local literature, cartography, personal experience and history, changing the way they view their city.
Department of Philosophy and Education, Saint Mary’s University
A model of collegiality and mentor to both students and faculty, Crooks teaches students the value of critical reflection to shape effective and autonomous thinkers.
As a kid, Ellis wanted to be a Coke-truck driver or a meteorologist, but now the “professor of wood” is so inspiring a student suggested cloning him so he can “teach the world.”
The doctor is listening, even in the often chaotic clinical setting where he practises what he teaches about bedside manner and asks the right questions, a skill hard to teach in the lecture hall.
Larkin helps her students see the “transformative power of their academic knowledge” as she encourages community connections at home and in Africa, and guides them “to effect social change through civic engagement.”
An enthusiastic and demanding accounting professor who emphasizes the ethics of the business, Conrod’s students earn some of the highest pass rates on professional exams and are sought by top firms.