Cynthia Richard, recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, 2020
School of Pharmacy
Seen as more than just a lecturer, Cynthia Richard is a member of the Faculty of Science who is said to go above and beyond the call of duty. She is an engaging lecturer with an incredible knowledge of the content, explaining material in ways that encourages students to expand their knowledge. She has had a big impact on students and her peers at the School of Pharmacy, with many describing her as “welcoming” and “supportive.” Her students greatly appreciate the emphasis she puts on the importance of mental well-being, and Cynthia has been involved with mental health initiatives around the school where she has offered her own support and reassurance to students along with way. Dr. Richard started at Waterloo in 2012 and since then has organized the Canadian Pharmacy Education and Research Conference (CPERC) and has taken on the role of Associate Director of Curriculum. She approaches projects in an innovative and collaborative way, and is recognized for “always [being] the first person to offer assistance.” With her great passion to help others she is someone who is quick to take action in order to lead her students to success.