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2018-2019 TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS

This year we received 262 nominations from students for the Teaching Excellence Awards. Over 20% of all teaching faculty were nominated by students. We are incredibly fortunate to have so many dedicated and inspiring instructors at Capilano University. Please join us in congratulating the 2018-2019 Teaching Excellence Award Recipients.

 

Reg Johanson

Faculty of Arts and Sciences (English)

Faculty Quotes

I like it best when, despite the obstacles, we get somewhere unfamiliar. – Reg Johanson

Student Quotes

Reg is an amazing teacher and human being. He cares about his students and makes everyone feel included in his discussions, no matter their viewpoint. He is driven and passionate about the topics he teaches which are always highly relevant. The topics discussed in class are always very interesting as they broaden your perspective and sharpen your critical thinking. Reg doesn’t solely focus on the technical side of writing but rather emphasizes creativity and reflection. He is truly an amazing teacher that adapts his teaching to the class he has. His group style teaching is a great way to keep us engaged as we constantly have collaborative talks that help us piece together single ideas into wonderful class discussions. Truly excellent teacher that spreads positivity and open-mindedness in all his classes.

Kym Stewart

Faculty of Business and Professional Studies (Communications)

Faculty Quotes

“Teaching at Cap U makes me truly happy. I love that I can ask students to take risks and play with curricular content and they trust me enough to engage in seemingly odd and unique lessons. Our experiences together are premised on creating a sense of wonder and awe in our everydayness so that skills developed in class can be used outside of it. – Kymberly Stewart  

Student Quotes

“Kym is the best teacher I have ever had. She is very passionate about what she teaches everyday we have her, which makes me and the class feel more passionate about the topic. She is extremely supportive in that she helped me immensely with a paper I had to write outside of class time. She always made class interesting by how she spoke and with in class activities she would have us do making it very easy to learn. Kym is very organized as she has plans for every class and has strict deadlines to ensure we can get our work in on time. She is very caring and it is obvious that she loves what she does through the enthusiasm she brings each day in and out of the class.“

Annabella Cant

Faculty of Education Health and Human Development (Education)

Faculty Quotes

I became one with teaching. I feel at home in every classroom: daycare, undergraduate, or Master’s class. I love the thirst for learning and I love to meet it with my thirst of learning and sharing. I feel that my responsibility is to find a diversity of ways to reach every one of my students. By doing so, I am hoping to ignite a strong agency in them for sharing my lessons forward in their lives. I need to make sure that what I teach can be lived. I live teaching. – Annabella Cant  

Student Quotes

Annabella is always very energetic when she teaches the class. Whether we are going over the class readings or just a simple discussion of a project or documentary that we have watched. She is always sensitive and understanding to the students needs and is always personable with her students by checking on how we are feeling. She always makes me feel like I can approach her with any issue I may be having and she is willing to go above and beyond to make it better as best as she can. For example, during a night class with her if she see that the class is getting tired she will tell us to go for a walk or take a break to do some stretches together so we can come back into focus. Overall, she’s an extremely positive person and amazing teacher that keeps the class engaged with her jokes and high energy. She truly loves what she does.

Seanna McPherson

Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

Faculty Quotes

Each student has a story that lives inside of them. My aim is to inspire and support students to find their voice and engage in discourse through disciplinary concepts, critical inquiry and creative process. – Seanna McPherson  

Student Quotes

From the moment I met Seanna, she has been nothing but inspirational. She is one of the most creative and passionate people I have met. I have had many conversations with her on pursuing one’s goals in order to share with and inspire others to do the same. She is very approachable and treats everyone with care and genuine interest. She makes me want to be a better professional and person.

Bruce Wilson

Faculty of Global and Community Studies

Faculty Quotes

I often reflect upon William Butler Yeats’s quote that “education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”. My role as an educator is to fan those flames with curiosity, wonder, empathy and passion, so that the fire for learning, burns white hot. – Bruce Wilson  

Student Quotes

Bruce is the best. He is unlike any other teacher I’ve ever learned from. Instead of focusing on old-school methodology and standardized testing under, he teaches individuals, not whole classes. I’ve been taken aside several times for coaching on how to achieve my goals and I’ve witnessed this invaluable process with Bruce and other students as well. In these changing times we must reward and value those who operate differently from the pack. That pack is slowing us down. Bruce is an exemplary educator; his passion for student learning trumps all else, even at the expense of ruffling a few feathers along the way. I’ve learned more about the realities of life and my career choices from this one man than I have from the collected lesson plans of several others on campus. He challenges us to think critically in an age where it’s becoming increasingly acceptable to simple listen to your phone and the collective hive mind that it represents. Bruce is a shining light as we stumble into the uncertainties of the modern world’s future. Thank you for everything, Bruce!

2017-2018 Teaching Excellence Awards Recipients

 These faculty inspired students with their dedication to teaching and innovation instructional methods.
Stephen Atkins

Stephen Atkins

Theatre, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

Faculty Quotes

“Success is about making sure that every outcome, good or bad, is part of a productive and enlightening process. Coming up with a motivating questions is just as valuable as coming up with right answers. – Stephen Atkins”

Student Quotes

“Stephen always puts the creative process and the student first. His approach to truly collaborative art is one of a kind. Student input is always a key factor in all his classes. I am continually inspired upon leaving every class.”
Barb Mathieson

Barb Mathieson

Early Childhood Care & Education, Faculty of Education, Health, and Human Development

Faculty Quotes

“Teaching for me is something that makes my heart sing. Whether I am teaching five-year olds or fifty-year olds, I love connection with my students and learning alongside them; they inspire me to push further and to think deeper. Teaching at Capilano University is a joy as the students are such a dynamic group and are so passionate and excited about learning. – Barb Mathieson”

Student Quotes

“Barb is the epitome of the teacher that I strive to become. In learning how to engage young children in processes that are less linear, she affords her students the same open-ended opportunities for learning; we are not forced to answer her questions, and are challenged to critically dissect all that we are surrounded by.”
Eugene Chu

Eugene Chu

Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Quotes

“I strive to impart a passion for learning to my students by creating a safe, fun and inspiring environment while providing all the necessary tools and resound to learn. – Eugene Chu”

Student Quotes

“He provides ample opportunities for us to think critically in class and be actively engaged in learning. His lectures promote student participation.”
Karen Okun

Karen Okun

Business Administration, Faculty of Business and Professional Studies

Faculty Quotes

“”Participating in and facilitating the personal and professional development of other human beings and their aspirations is the most privileged profession I can imagine. Helping people find and appreciate the very best they can in themselves is key. – Karen Okun”

Student Quotes

“”Karen Okun is the best instructor I could ask for. She shows excellence in all areas as a teacher: a true champion of the field. My experience at CapU is greatly exceeding my expectations, and Karen has played a huge role in that.”
Greig Gjerdalen

Greig Gjerdalen

Tourism Managment & Outdoor Recreation Management, Faculty of Global and Community Studies

Faculty Quotes

“I like to treat all students as individuals and create a classroom community based on respect, trust, fairness and openness. I promote critical thinking and have students apply theory in their everyday life – Greig Gjerdalen”

Student Quotes

“He allows his students to absorb and interpret the information and encourages healthy debate on controversial topics. Classes are conducted to reach virtually every learning style: through lectures, readings, quizzes, papers, hands-on projects, discussion, debate, documentaries, field trips, he captures all the senses to fully engage every student.” “It is his passion for the material and genuine drive to be an excellent instructor that make him an inspirational faculty member and an asset to the University.”

Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

 

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