President's Report 2006 | Honour Roll

Distinguished Teaching Awards

President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching recognize the teaching excellence in the university community. Each winner of the teaching award receives a $5,000 grant contributed by the Memorial University Alumni Association.

Dr. Geoff Rayner Canham
Chemistry, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College

Dr. Geoff Rayner Canham

Dr. Geoff Rayner Canham has been a faculty member of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College since 1975 and from early in his career demonstrated excellence in his teaching. In 1980, the Chemical Institute of Canada awarded him the Polysar Award for outstanding contribution to chemistry teaching in a two year college. In 1985, the Manufacturing Chemists Association awarded him the Catalyst Award for excellence in chemistry teaching. In 2003 he won the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Award for excellence in teaching. He has also offered leadership in teaching development at the local level, offering workshops and seminars, mentoring new faculty, and serving on the Teaching Committee at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College for several years. On the national level he has served on the executive of several societies which are concerned with chemistry education. Dr. Rayner Canham has also had considerable influence on secondary education, co authoring three high school chemistry textbooks, offering workshops, and publishing extensively in journals aimed at secondary science teachers. He has a passionate interest in motivating high school students to become excited about chemistry. He has organized chemistry essay competitions and has developed a travelling Chemistry Show which he brings to the west coast of the province as well as Labrador.

Dr. T.A. Loeffler
School of Human Kinetics and Recreation

Dr. T.A. Loeffler

Dr. Loeffler has been a faculty member of Memorial University since 1995 and has recently achieved full professorship. She has already won two international awards for teaching excellence. She received the Outstanding Experiential Educator of the Year Award from the Association of Experiential Education in 1999. In 2001 she received a Teaching Innovation Award from the Society of Parks and Recreation Educators for her innovative use of digital video and other technologies in her classroom. At Memorial, she was honored in 1998 as a recipient of the Student Union Instructor of the Year Award. She is a prolific teacher, having taught 14 different courses, ranging from outdoor education to tourism to women and sport. Her course load is always full and she frequently agrees to take on extra courses on top of a full load, especially if a student needs a particular course in order to graduate. Dr. Loeffler was instrumental in the development of the Bachelor of Recreation program, developing many of the new courses. She has served on countless committees within Memorial and has been most generous in her service to faculty development through offering regular workshops on experiential education and reflective learning; she is also a regular contributor to the Graduate Program in Teaching.