Keith Delaney receives 2021 Teaching Award

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Congratulations to Keith Delaney from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences for receiving the 2021 Jane Lang Excellence in Earth and Environmental Sciences Teaching Award!

This award acknowledges instructors who demonstrate dedication and enthusiasm for high-quality teaching and inspire undergraduate and graduate students to appreciate and understand the natural world and important aspects of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Delaney is a shining example of these qualities and more!

Keith Delaney teaching a student

Delaney is a familiar face to many undergraduate students in the Faculty of Science. He has taught over 1,000 students in the introductory earth & environmental sciences courses (EARTH 121, 122 and 123) over the last few years. Keith is known for his enthusiastic lecturing, sense of humour, emphasis on hands-on learning, and fostering a learning community that is supportive and engaging, and is remembered by the students he teaches.

Professor Delaney made what could have been an intimidating experience in first year into something that was not just educational, but genuinely enjoyable as well.

Delaney always goes the extra mile for students. He is not just a teacher, but a mentor to many undergraduate and graduate students. Even during the pandemic, Keith has maintained and enhanced his role as a mentor to students just entering their first year, through to getting co-op placements, all the way to their final semester of their degrees, and even beyond.  

Whether teaching in a lecture hall or in his office, Keith thoroughly and wholeheartedly provides his pupils with the means to succeed as a student and as a person.

We are all lucky to have a teacher like Professor Keith Delaney at the University of Waterloo. As a leader in promoting teaching in the Science Faculty, he took a lead role in the Dean's Undergraduate Teaching Initiative in the Faculty of Science and has also held the role of Science Teaching Fellow for the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. His commitment to students and teaching innovation is unwavering and he is an inspiration both to students and his colleagues.

Congratulations, Keith!