Recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Teacher Award, Greta Kroeker joined the University of Waterloo in July 2007.
Kroeker goes beyond the expected levels of an instructor by creating a “learning environment all its own,” as one alumnus describes it. Teaching courses that require students to complete readings can be difficult. However, Kroeker compels students to complete such assignments with an interest in the material and enthusiasm as well. She uses her own enthusiasm, humour, and deep understanding of the content to encourage students to work at what they are learning. As one graduate student shares, “Dr. Kroeker encouraged me to continue to pursue my studies in history, thereby greatly impacting and influencing my own learning”. By acting as a mentor and a motivator, Kroeker allows students to “feel safe and secure in their learning environment”, and dedicates many hours to supporting them.
Innovating courses that students with an outside perspective may view as content-heavy is another way Kroeker goes beyond the realms of teaching. By structuring tutorials and assigning group projects that encourage creativity, students are able to develop “‘out of the box’ thinking when presenting research information”, which is an aspect an alumnus appreciated. As her fellow colleague explains, “Dr. Kroeker personally builds a compelling case for higher education, linking practical skills with intellectual achievement”.
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Professor Kroeker is co-leader of the University of Waterloo's Caring Quilts initiative. For more information or to donate to the campaign, please visit ecommunity.uwaterloo.ca/caringquilts.
Selected recent publications
Editor, with Timothy G Fehler, Charles H Parker and Jonathan Ray. Religious Diaspora in Early Modern Europe: Strategies of Exile. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2014.
Erasmus in the Footsteps of Paul. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.