Integrative biology’s Oliver Love has won the 2021 Faculty of Science Roger Thibert Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of his exceptional contributions towards engaging students and educational development.
Dr. Love came to UWindsor in 2009 and says as an instructor in biological function and as a research biologist, his goal is to inspire young scientists to discover how the amazing world that surrounds them functions.
“It feels absolutely wonderful to win this award,” he says. “We have so many fantastic teachers in science and although many of us do not expect to be noticed for the efforts we put in, it is always extremely positive to be recognized for them.”
To be effective, Love says, he relies on four primary pedagogy practices and standards that drive the teaching philosophy within his undergraduate and graduate courses.
“These approaches naturally carry over to training in research, to ensure that students get the very best in both conceptual learning and skills training,” he says.
Isabelle H. Barrette-Ng, head of the Department of Integrative Biology, says it was an honour to nominate Love because of his dedication to improving the student experience as well as positively influencing the academic careers of University of Windsor students.
“As an associate professor, as well as Canada Research Chair in Integrative Ecology, Oliver is an outstanding example of how excellence in both teaching and research synergistically strengthen each other,” says Dr. Barrette-Ng.
“Oliver has been a role model and asset for students where he shows tremendous initiative to not only teach, but to ensure that he provides opportunities for lifelong learning.”
Love will officially receive his award later, when in-person celebrations resume.