|Dr. Alex Faseruk
By Aimee Sheppard
For more than 20 years, Memorial finance professor Dr. Alex
Faseruk has dedicated his time and energy to helping each
student get the most out of their academic careers. Now that
investment in education has earned him a prestigious 3M Teaching
Dr. Faseruk was one of eight recipients across the country
to be awarded a 3M Teaching Fellowship June 12 in Vancouver,
B.C., at the annual conference of the Society for Teaching
and Learning in Higher Education. The award recognizes excellence
in teaching over an extended period of time, principally at
the undergraduate level and also acknowledges leadership in
commitment to the improvement of university teaching within
the candidate's own institution.
“Dr. Faseruk excels in all dimensions of scholarly activity,
both in the university and the community, and has made a significant
contribution in the areas of curriculum development, teaching
materials, and faculty development and support,” said
Dr. Evan Simpson, vice-president (academic).
Dr. Faseruk has been a faculty member at Memorial since 1981
and has been consistently recognized for the excellence of
his teaching, his personal interest in his students and his
high academic standards. He is known among business students
as a demanding professor but one who has a gift for making
finance interesting and bringing out the best in students.
“Without a doubt, having Dr. Faseruk as a professor
has directly contributed to my professional success,”
said Jennifer Dicks, former business student at Memorial.
“Dr. Faseruk understands how to help his students deal
with the challenges they face while in school and, perhaps
more importantly, he does his best to prepare them for the
many challenges they will face in their careers.”
Dr. Faseruk has been involved in numerous activities at Memorial,
sharing both his professional knowledge and interest in teaching.
For the past 16 years, he has coached business case competition
teams at the graduate and undergraduate levels and has helped
Memorial achieve the best record among Canadian case team
competitors. He was also a strong leader in helping the faculty
achieve international accreditation through the Association
to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
He is the director for Memorial’s master of oil and
gas studies program, acting director of the master of employment
relations program, and is acting as the Faculty of Business
Administration’s associate dean academic. He was a recipient
of the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Memorial
University in 1989 and received the National Post’s
Leaders in Management Education Award in 1999. He has also
received several awards from students and graduating classes.
This is the fourth time that faculty of Memorial University
have been honoured with this award; the other recipients were
Professor Shane O’Dea in 2002, Dr. Michael Collins in
1998, and Dr. Penny Hansen in 1990.