2013 Faculty of Education Awards Gala

 The annual Faculty of Education Awards Gala was held this past Tuesday, April 16th.  In attendance to celebrate the hard work and commitment to excellence of the award winners were Dean Fern Snart, department chairs, faculty and students.  Here are this year's winners:

Canadian Centre for Research on Literacy Research Fellowship

This award is given to faculty members with research specifically in the area of literacy that directly or indirectly relates to the goals of the CCRL. The recipient of the award is released from one course of teaching.

2013 winner: Dr Lynne Wiltse, elementary education

Dr. Wiltse has been researching educator’s understandings of English language variation. She is endeavoring to find answers to the questions: 1) What do teachers believe about English language variation and communication? 2) How can teachers be supported to acquire a more inclusive and expansive view of English? 3) In what ways do teachers’ views of English language variation limit or facilitate Aboriginal students’ access to academic language and school literacy?

ATA Educational Research Award

This award demonstrates Alberta Teachers’ Association’s support for academic research. To be eligible for this award, research must improve professional classroom practice (teaching methods, approaches and devices) and lead to improved teaching and learning. It is presented by the ATA to researchers from Alberta universities.

2013 winner: Dr. Lynne Wiltse, elementary education

Dr. Wiltse has been providing insight on how to draw on students’ funds of knowledge to improve school literacies for Aboriginal youth. Her SSHRC Standard Research Project, Creating Third Spaces for Minority Language Learners in a School-University-Community Research Collaboration, was a qualitative study which utilized ethnographic research methods and was informed by sociocultural theory. She examined way to merge the out-of-school literacy resources of Aboriginal students with the school literacy practices to improve content area literacy.

Undergraduate Teaching Award

This award is given annually to a dedicated teacher of undergraduate students in the faculty. It is adjudicated by the Faculty Teaching Awards Committee.

2013 winner: Dr. David Chorney, secondary education

Chorney said at the Awards Gala that he uses this famous quote as motivation, both for himself and for his students: ‘The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher shows. The great teacher inspires.’

Technology in Teaching Award

Teaching excellence is recognized which makes use of technology in light of: actual and potential impact on excellence in teaching and learning, innovation and risk-taking and sustainability.

2013 winner: Dr. David Chorney, secondary education

The fitness app developed by students in EDSE 447 – 451: Curriculum and Teaching in Secondary School Physical Education can be found at http://tinyurl.com/chorneyapp

Undergraduate Teaching Award

This award is given annually to a dedicated teacher of undergraduate students in the faculty. It is adjudicated by the Faculty Teaching Awards Committee.

2013 winner: Dr. Carla Peck, elementary education

Teaching EDFX 490: Global Citizenship Field Experience in Ghana and EDEL 335: Curriculum & Instruction in a variety of contexts, including Blue Quills First Nations College and Keyano College, Peck looks to explore social justice and notions of citizenship and identity in her work.

You can read about some of her research here

Coutts – Clarke Fellowship

Named for former Dean of Education, Herbert T Coutts, and former Faculty of Education Professor Stanley CT Clarke. This award supports the research of early scholars (PhD obtained within last ten years) and allows the recipient academic to devote one term to establishing research.

2013 winner: Dr. Kent den Heyer, secondary education

Graduate Teaching Award

This award is given annually to a distinguished teacher of graduate students within the Faculty of Education. 2013 winner: Dr. Jerry Kachur, educational policy studies Kachur, having lead  a multitude of graduate students over the years, pointed to the many great experiences he has had with them. He proudly displayed the directions that his past and current students are taking with their own research during his acceptance speech.

Sessional Teaching Award

This award is given annually to a noteworthy sessional instructor in the Faculty of Education.

2013 winner:  Bill Monro, educational policy studies

Seen by many students as a favourite lecturer, Monro was noted by Department Chair, Dr. Jennifer Kelly, as being, “more than worthy of winning the award.” Monro took the opportunity after receiving the award to share  some of his thoughts on the concept of encouragement. "As Goethe put it, 'Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything.'" He also spoke of the three C's of encouragement as being guiding principles for teachers:  "Helping the child feel capable of handling their school work, helping the child connect with you and their classmates, helping the child make a contribution both to the classroom and the school."

Graduate Student Teaching Award

Given annually to an outstanding graduate student who teaches within the Faculty of Education. The winner is nominated through the Faculty of Education, and awarded by FGSR.

2013 winner: Christine Martineau, educational policy studies

Having spent much of her teaching career working in First Nations communities, Martineau sees her role as, "partly as interpreter, mediator and guide between cultures and peoples." She has taught Managing the Learning Environment and Ethics and the Law in Teaching to Contemporary Issues in the Education of Native Peoples over the past three years.