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Teaching Excellence

Edwin Ng: Award winner - Online Teaching Award

Recently, the Waterloo Centre for Extended Learning (CEL), together with Associate Vice-President, Academic Mario Coniglio, announced the winners of the inaugural Online Teaching and Design Awards for 2017. Both awards were given to Renison professors.

An article in Waterloo’s Daily Bulletin describes the new annual awards: "In addition to a Certificate of Recognition, each recipient will receive a monetary prize of $1000, sponsored by the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic. Students, teaching assistants, faculty, instructors, chairs, and deans are all eligible to nominate any fully online course for the Online Course Design Award."

Edwin NgThe Online Teaching Award was given to Edwin Ng from the School of Social Work for his SWK 605R: Knowledge Mobilization and Evidence-Based Practice, SWK 601R: Health Policy, and SWK 609R: Social Work Practice in Mental Health, all part of the Master of Social Work program at Renison. Professor Ng had this to say: “Whenever I think about it – reading the student comments, winning this award, I’m just really humbled by everything. I’m very grateful and appreciative for the opportunity to even facilitate students’ learning. It’s a privilege and I’m really thankful."


Professor Colleen McMillan - awarded Teaching Excellence Award at spring convocation 2016

The Renison University College Governance Committee of the Board of Governors has elected to name Professor Colleen McMillan, Interim Director, School of Social Work, as the 2016 recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award. The award was presented at the Spring Convocation. Professor McMillan was chosen out of a strong pool of candidates for the award this year which is indicative of the many great teachers we have with us here at Renison.

The Teaching Excellence Award recognizes excellent teaching in a given year for presenters of at least one credit course offered by Renison University College. The nominee for this award must have received excellent teaching evaluations from the Principal, for teaching in at least one credit course offered by the College. Other indicators of teaching excellence may be cited, including, but not exclusively, performance in formal or informal tutorial situations, preparation and use of outstanding teaching materials, etc.


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