UVic Torch -- Fall 2004
Autumn 2004,
Volume 25, Number 2

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Teaching Award Expands

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 instructors.

“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. As well, the McPherson Library stairway features Fri, 10/22/04

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 faculty.”

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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