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Faculty of Arts professors enter Hall of Fame for teaching excellence


A new award created by the Students’ Union recognizes multi-year recipients of the Teaching Excellence Award. Marilyn Engle (Music), Alison Dube (Political Science), Linda Henderson (Sociology) and Ron Glasberg (Communication and Culture) will all be inducted into the Hall of Fame for Teaching Excellence and receive a Golden Apple Award at a ceremony on Monday, April 26.

Many of the Hall of Fame inductees have received teaching excellence awards numerous times throughout their careers. The new annual award will be awarded to those with three or more successful nominations.

The Hall of Fame recipients were announced along with recipients of the 2009/10 Teaching Excellence Awards.

Recipients of the 2009/10 Teaching Excellence Awards from the Faculty of Arts are Melissa Boyce (Psychology), David Bergen (Religious Studies), Margo Husby (Communication and Culture), and Patrick Finn (Drama).

Honourable mentions went to Jim Apple (Religious Studies), David Bershad (Art), Max Foran (Communication and Culture), Ken McMillan (History), and Lisa Stowe (Communication and Culture).

 The Teaching Excellence Awards is an initiative by the Students’ Union to honour University of Calgary faculty members for their outstanding contributions to the classroom and laboratory. This is the only campus-wide recognition program for those instructors who make a long-lasting impact on students. Nominated by students themselves, excellent teachers are chosen for their ability to communicate broad and accurate knowledge of the subject matter, as well as for their self-confidence and ability to create enthusiasm among students. Other criteria include success at challenging students, ability to cultivate creative thinking on the part of students, availability for consultation outside of class along with fairness and consistency in grading.

 Congratulations to all the award recipients.