Robin Duncan, recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, 2021
Robin Duncan, Kinesiology
Robin Duncan, an Associate Professor from the Faculty of Health, puts her students at the centre of her teaching, and has a sustained record of teaching excellence in the Kinesiology courses that she teaches. Dr. Duncan not only has a commitment to personal involvement and outstanding effort on behalf of her students, but she also has a commitment to innovation and deep learning, which is evident in her efforts to employ experiential exercises that encourage students to reflect on current issues. Using a student-centered approach and a variety of teaching techniques, Duncan also ensures that she addresses a true diversity of learners. One past student notes that, “by allowing students to work through tasks such as creating mini-review papers, and peer evaluations, Dr. Duncan not only taught students to write effectively, but also critique and proof read effectively as well.” Colleagues say that Dr. Duncan’s direct efforts to ensure her students have the best possible academic training, including effective communication, is a key element of ensuring that Kinesiology graduates can make the most of their future opportunities. Students praise Dr. Duncan’s successful transition to remote teaching, and her dedication to responding to student questions. It is clear that Dr. Duncan has a strong commitment to those she teaches and supports her students through their many endeavors both inside and outside the classroom.