University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext 32215
Fax: (519) 746-8115
Professor Brenda Lee is a very bright, creative and hard-working educator in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She is an instructor who consistently demonstrates sensitivity to student needs ensuring that weaker students are not left behind using the right balance of rigor and compassion.
Throughout the past year, she has developed professional-quality lecture slides and videos using computer-aided graphics and animations, as well as leveraged a custom-developed Discord server with WatIAM verification to help run her classes online. This commitment to the innovative use of technology has supported her sustained high-quality classroom and remote teaching with a strong emphasis on student engagement. This approach, along with Brenda’s willingness to support her colleagues, has been particularly successful in responding to the requirements of remote teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Teaching is not only my passion, but a privilege that I do not take for granted,” says Professor Lee. “Through all of my efforts in and out of the classroom, I see teaching as a gift that touches and inspires both students and faculty and has a lasting impact on everyone's future."
The Excellence in Science Teaching Award (ESTA) was initiated by Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Mario Coniglio in 2011 when he was the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the Faculty of Science. This award was established to recognize and reward excellence in teaching and outstanding instructors within the Faculty of Science. Each year, the ESTA award is awarded to a maximum of two candidates from the Faculty of Science.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.