Teaching Excellence Award - Legacy Gallery

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Albert Einstein, 1940

This website is devoted to the celebration of outstanding teaching, and to the UFV faculty who have mastered the art of awakening the joy of learning within their students.

Our university harbours a great many teachers whose interactions with their students are transformational. Chief among them are the faculty chosen annually by both students and colleagues to receive the Teaching Excellence Award, an award UFV has been conferring since 2000.

In the hope of capturing some of the expertise of these skilled practitioners, they were asked to share some of their experiences, hard-won insights, and even some advice, all as resources for their colleagues. Although some of these faculty have retired or moved to jobs elsewhere, they all generously agreed to participate in this “legacy” project.

What you will find here are brief video excerpts from interviews with each of the recipients of UFV’s Teaching Excellence Award. In addition, most have provided their statement of teaching philosophy as well as a sample assignment which has elicited excellent work from their students. When possible, the video of the presentation of their award at convocation, including the Dean’s tribute, has also been included.

Please explore the site. These faculty have so much to offer to willing learners.


Legacy Gallery Videos

2017 Cherie Enns, Geography and the Environment, Global Development Studies



2016 Ian Affleck, Mathematics and Statistics



2015 Martha Dow, Social Cultural & Media Studies



2014 Andrea Hughes, Psychology



2013 Linda Pardy, Adult Education, Communications



2012 Sheryl MacMath, Teacher Education Program




2011 Chris Bertram, Kinesiology and Physical Education



2010 Glen Baier, Philosophy



2009 Sven van de Wetering



2008 Adrienne Chan, Social Work



2007 Elvira Warner, Nursing



2006 George Melzer, Child & Youth Care, Early Childhood Education



2005 Wendy Burton, Adult Education



2004 Greg Anderson, Kinesiology and Physical Education



2003 Katherine Watson, Social Cultural & Media Studies



2001 Darryl Plecas, Criminology, Abbotsford MLA



2000 George McGuire, Physics



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