Mary Louise McAllister, recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, 2015

Environment and Resource Studies

Mary Louise McAllister standing by the living wall

Mary Louise McAllister, an associate professor in Environment and Resources Studies and Teaching Fellow for the Faculty of Environment joined the University of Waterloo in September 1996. McAllister transcends the expectations of an educator, dedicating innumerable hours to improving the student learning experience. Her compassion and “contagious enthusiasm” creates an encouraging classroom atmosphere that is conducive to student learning and engagement. McAllister is always searching for innovative, experiential learning techniques, and frequently employs alternative teaching methods to maximize student understanding and create an inclusive learning environment. As one of her undergraduate students states, McAllister is “always willing to change the curriculum to best suit the needs of a specific class, providing personalized environments that create unmatched learning experiences”. A mentor in her field, McAllister continues to share her wealth of knowledge and passion for teaching within her peer group. Her GreenTEA blog is one of the many outlets in which McAllister explores new teaching technologies and promotes deeper pedagogical reflection. An alumnus states, she is “influencing the next generation of environmental leaders”.