Students Recognize Prof. Kim Renders with Teaching Excellence Award

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Written by The CSA Executive

This week, the Central Student Association announced the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award. Professor Kim Renders, of the School of English and Theatre Studies, received fifteen letters of nomination for this annual award.

All of the professors nominated for the award were put forth by students. The nominations received reflected the dedication and creativity of many of the professors at the University of Guelph.

“This is a chance for students to say thank-you to the professors who have made a genuine difference in their education,” says Becky Wallace, Academic Commissioner of the Central Student Association. “It was a difficult decision for the committee. In the end, Prof. Render was selected because of her commitment to her students and her ability to foster innovative and active learning experiences.”

Criteria for winning the award included the ability to motivate student learning, a focus on what is happening in the classroom, and a student-centred approach.

“It is because of her commitment to her students and their projects, as well as her unwavering belief in the power of creation that I believe Kim Renders should receive the award for Teaching Excellence,” says one of her students in a nomination letter. Adds another, “There are professors who make a lasting impression on your life and I’m not alone when I say that Kim Renders is one of those professors.”

Candidates who were short-listed by the committee were Prof. Alan McDougall and Prof. Jack Weiner. All nominated instructors will receive letters of congratulations for outstanding teaching abilities.

The Central Student Association represents over 16,000 undergraduate students at the University of Guelph.

For more information, please contact:
Becky Wallace
CSA Academic Commissioner
(519) 824-4120 ext. 56742

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