Congratulations to the 2023 Distinguished Teaching Award Recipients
The Centre for Teaching Excellence, along with the rest of the University of Waterloo community, congratulates the four recipients of the 2023 Distinguished Teacher Awards. Brief citations are below, with full citations available on the Daily Bulletin.
Keith Delaney is a Continuing Lecturer in the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences within the Faculty of Science. He is described as passionate, motivational, engaging, and encourages collaborative work. Of his teaching style, one student says, “He excels in relating his teachings to the real world, which I think is a great way to teach as it makes concepts not only more understandable but also easier to remember as there are real life examples to relate it to.”
Nardine Nakhla is a Continuing Clinical Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy within the Faculty of Science. She is described by her students as energetic, positive and engaging. A former student of Nardine says, “Dr. Nakhla has a gift… she can explain even the most complicated topics in a very simple yet detailed manner”.
Zara Rafferty is a Continuing Lecturer in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies within the Faculty of Health. She is described as charismatic, passionate, and engaging. One student says, “you can effortlessly see Zara’s charisma through her pedagogy; she communicates the subject matter with passion and transparency. Zara focuses on ensuring quality education is accessible to all students by completing many mental health-related training programs."
Diana Skrzydlo is the Director of the MActSc Program, the Math Teaching Fellow, and a Continuing Lecturer for the department of Statistics and Actuarial Science within the Faculty of Mathematics. She is described as an outstanding, dedicated, and passionate educator. As noted by a student, “I have had the great pleasure of having Diana both as an instructor and as a colleague; I have benefited tremendously in both respects from being taught by and working with an exemplary educator such as herself”.