(November 15, 2001, Gazette)
Norman Wayne Garlie, Education
Dr. Norm Garlie has been teaching at Memorial for exactly 30 years.
In those three decades, hundreds, if not thousands, of students have
benefitted from his wide-ranging expertise in the field of educational
As one of Memorials Distinguished Teachers for 2001, Dr. Garlie
is receiving one of the universitys highest honours for faculty
members. Its one that students and colleagues alike think is
What might seem a little unusual to most observers is that Dr. Garlie
is able to inspire his students even when he has never met them in
person. One such student is Cecelia Edwards-Stacey, a recent graduate
of the special education degree program.
As an older student returning to Memorial University in May
2000 (for) my special education degree amid various personal and professional
transitions, I derived much educational and therapeutic value from
my courses with Dr. Garlie, she said. Ms. Edwards-Stacey also
commented on Dr. Garlies commitment, thoughtful
advice, and reassuring and approachable manner.
High praise indeed, coming from another teacher, some might say, and
all the more interesting because most of my correspondence and
association with Dr. Garlie has been through teleconference and e-mails,
having only met him in person (in early 2001), said Ms. Edwards-Stacey.
In addition to his classroom expertise, Dr. Garlie remains extremely
active in research as well as involvement with professional organizations
and university committees. Over the course of his career, he has supervised
numerous masters degree research projects, as well as acting
as internal and external examiner, reviewer, and consultant on many
Last year the video Adam Case: Twice Exceptional, on which Dr. Garlie
collaborated with CAMS director Debbie McGee, won an award from the
Association for Media and Technology in Education and Canada. He has
also been twice honoured by the Canadian Council for Exceptional Children,
in 1996 as recognition of his contribution made to exceptional children
in Canada, and in 2000 receiving the Donald G. Warren Outstanding
Achievement Award for distinguished long-term service to the association.
He is a most deserving candidate for this prestigious title,
said Ms. Edwards-Stacey. This is not only because of his lengthy
and impressive list of awards, credentials, and professional achievements,
but more because of the superior quality of his instruction and guidance
services and the great personal commitment he offers and applies to
John Quaicoe, Engineering
If you were to ask students what qualities distinguish Dr. John Quaicoe
as a good teacher, they would say supportive, motivating, caring and
enthusiastic, to name just a few. Since 1982, Dr. Quaicoe has been
a teacher in Memorials Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
For the past 19 years he has built a reputation among students and
faculty members as an instructor who is deeply concerned about learning.
During his time at Memorial, he has served as chair of the electrical
engineering discipline for nine years, and recently, acting associate
dean (graduate studies and research). It is quite fitting that he
should be chosen as one of this years recipients of the Distinguished
I have always believed that teaching is more than being in front
of a classroom and presenting information. I think one has to be in
tune with the students in terms of the material that is presented.
I am very conscious of this. I make sure that the students are understanding
the material, said Dr. Quaicoe.
Students have responded very well to Dr. Quaicoes teaching philosophy.
Even though many of them have gone on to graduate studies or employment
opportunities outside of Newfoundland, they all say, his encouragement
and support is still remembered and greatly appreciated. One former
student remarked, he teaches with a patient, caring and enthusiastic
approach that produces a very effective result, one that gives me
the motivation to strive to teach at the same high standard.
When asked about his teaching philosophy, Dr. Quaicoe simply said,
I believe that effective teachers must have a vision for their
students. A vision that establishes an overall educational goal and
recognizes the potential and possibilities in students, irrespective
of their background preparation, and allows the teacher to foster
active learning in the context of the ultimate goal. This vision achieves
two main goals: first, it shows the students that the teacher cares
about them as individuals; and second, it establishes a commitment
on the part of the teacher.
Speaking on his proven commitment, faculty members have said, many
students rate him as the best professor they have ever learnt from
at Memorial. They went on to say that his courses are typified
by excellent organization of material, meticulous preparation of class
notes, and carefully worked out examples. According to one fellow
faculty member and former student, he exemplifies the best qualities
one could hope for in a university professor.
Dr. Quaicoe is quite pleased to be receiving this award, more for
the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science than for himself. When
asked if this award will change the way he teaches he said, I
see it as a challenge to continue to do the best job that I can.