WESTERN UNIVERSITY STUDENT COUNCIL TEACHING HONOUR ROLL, 2012-2013, 2015-2016
The Teaching Honour Roll, presented by the University Students’ Council, is awarded annually to Western’s best instructors. The honour roll is used to recognize the exceptional efforts and contributions of Western instructors. In order to receive honour roll standing, an instructor must receive a cumulative average of 6.3 or higher out of 7.0 for the first 14 questions on the UWO Instructor & Course Evaluations. Evaluations are completed by students for every course taught at Western and it’s affiliate colleges.
A teacher is much more than a transmitter of factual information. Charged with training the future leaders of our disciplines, we must foster in our students not only the ability to function as professionals, but also the ability to creatively adapt their profession as our society evolves. In order to be successful, artist-teachers must possess specific declarative and procedural knowledge within both domains of music and education. Through my teaching, I strive to develop my students’ skills by providing them with an array of authentic experiences that foster active learning and connect theory with practice. However, I believe that the acquisition of practical knowledge must be accompanied by reflective, imaginative, and meaning-making experiences that offer students opportunities to bring their own individual perspectives into the learning process. Being a successful artist-teacher involves making a life-long commitment to continue one’s own professional and artistic development. By stressing the importance of technique, imagination, and personal commitment that is required of great art and great teaching, I strive to support my students on their journeys to personal success and reward in their chosen careers and, by extension, their lives.