THE ALUMNI AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
IN TEACHING—THE FIRST CAMPUS award of its
kind when the UVic Alumni Association introduced
it in 1989—will expand next year to include
a separate category for sessionals and other
“This is an opportunity
to recognize non-faculty instructors who carry
a lot of the teaching load on campus, much more
than they did 20 years ago,” says Anne
McLaughlin, VC ’48, chair of the association’s
grants, scholarships and awards committee.
One award will be for regular
and limited term faculty, senior instructors,
artists-in-residence or librarians—reflecting
the research responsibilities of those positions.
The new award is for sessional, senior lab, and
lab instructors. The university employs 701 regular
faculty and 468 sessional instructors.
“Sessionals play a very
important role in teaching at the university,” says
Vice-President Academic Jamie Cassels. “Many
are superb teachers and we want to recognize
them for their skill and contributions.”
Each award includes a cash
prize of $2,000 from the alumni association.
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Prof. Geraldine Van Gyn, director
of the UVic Learning and Teaching Centre calls
it “a very progressive step. Instructors
who don’t hold a regular appointment were
somewhat disadvantaged when competing with regular
Specific criteria and a possible
re-naming of the awards were being set as the
Torch went to press. The deadline for 2005 nominations
is January 31.
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