This year the University of Lethbridge Students' Union (ULSU) began what promises to be a tradition of honouring professors, sessional staff and lab instructors by creating the ULSU Teaching Excellence Awards.
The idea behind the awards was that the ULSU wanted to provide students with an avenue to nominate an individual who they saw demonstrating outstanding effort and dedication to University of Lethbridge students. The ULSU is proud to honour Drs. Jay Gamble, Department of English; Lesley Brown, Department of Kinesiology; and Hans-Joachim Wieden, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
"The ULSU wanted to offer students a way of recognizing professors and to show appreciation for the extra time and effort professors contribute to their educational experience," says Taz Kassam, ULSU president.
Gamble has been described by his students as a "delightfully quirky individual" who encourages students to engage in discussion rather than traditional lecturing. He also encourages creativity over memorization of course materials and provides a fresh perspective to literature.
Brown has a reputation of having a great passion for teaching and a high consideration for the students she teaches. She encourages her students to reach their full potential and does not accept anything less. She is known for going to great lengths to ensure that students walk out of class having learned something valuable.
Wieden is known to go above and beyond to ensure that students get the help they need to succeed. He will have extended office hours and will eagerly help students both inside and outside of class time. He has been an instrumental part of the Lethbridge iGEM team, spending countless hours helping the team win three gold and one bronze medal for their participation at the Championship Jamboree.
"The ULSU looks forward to continuing this tradition for years to come," says Kassam. "We, as students, want our instructors to know that we appreciate all the ways they contribute to enhancing our education."
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