Those of you who read the Globe and Mail may have noticed ads that began running on Saturday, Feb. 4, featuring the 2011 3M National Teaching Fellows as part of a campaign that celebrates the importance and impact of great teaching.
Each ad features a 3M Fellow and an open thank you letter to a teacher who made a big impact in that Fellow's life. As you know, two of our outstanding colleagues are 2011 3M Fellows: Billy Strean in Physical Education and Recreation and Scott North in Medicine & Dentistry. These professors will be featured Wednesday, Feb. 8 and Monday, Feb. 13, respectively. Congratulations again, Drs. Strean and North!
Other teachers or students may post their own messages to inspirational college or university teachers on a new website related to the campaign called www.thankyourteacher.ca. The campaign is supported by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the Council of Ontario Universities and the 10 universities with award recipients.
Closer to home as part of the 5th Annual Festival of Teaching on March 12-15, we have a video contest for our students, asking them, “Who is the greatest teacher of all time?” They can feature anyone at all, living or dead. The deadline for entry is 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17.
Colleen Skidmore, PhD
Vice-Provost and AVP (Academic)