The Department of History's Teaching Awards are to recognize outstanding Faculty and Teaching Fellows/Teaching Assistants.
Teaching Award certificates were recently presented to Professor Tim Smith and Professor Steven Maynard to recognize them both as outstanding Faculty members of the Department of History in 2010/11 academic year. Trina Zeimbekis also received a Teaching Award Certificate to recognize her teaching contributions in the department as an outstanding Teaching Fellow in 2010/11. These awards are intended to favour instructors who both inform and inspire their students.
Tim Smith was nominated for HIST 253: History of Public Policy. The nomination emphasized that his teaching "exceeds expectations"; that he demonstrated a "genuine concern for his students" and was "always available" to help; one student wrote that the course had a significant impact on "my development as a student and a global citizen."
Steven Maynard, nominated by students from his core seminar in Canadian Social History, HIST 312 and his lecture course on the History of Sexuality in Canada, HIST 210. Students praise Steven for all aspects of his teaching: his "fantastic energy while lecturing," his constructive feedback on assignments, his capacity both to challenge students and support them. Most distinctively, perhaps, they praise him for his ability to make history seem relevant.
Trina Zeimbekis was nominated by her students in HIST 467: First Nations of North America. Trina's students remarked on her great ability to lead the class through often-difficult subject matter, the usefulness of class field trips and assignments, and the interactive and friendly learning environment maintained within her seminar. Trina is a doctoral student studying Inuit culture and history under the supervision of Jamey Carson.
Congratulations to all our winners!
A call for nominations for the 2011-12 teaching award will go out in the late Winter/early Spring. Winners are ineligible to repeat for two years.