By Ivan Muzychka
Dr. Andrea Rose, a professor in the Faculty
of Education, has been named as one of the 10 national recipients
of the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowships which were awarded
June 17 at the annual conference of the Society for Teaching
and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) held at the University
The 3M Fellow award recognizes excellence in teaching over an
extended period of time, principally, but not exclusively, at
the undergraduate level and also acknowledges educational leadership
in commitment to the improvement of university teaching within
the candidate's own institution. This is the fifth time and
the third consecutive year that a faculty member from Memorial
has been recognized with this prestigious award.
“Dr. Rose is one of the most active faculty members at
Memorial and simply one of the best and most energetic professors
we have,” said Dr. Eddy Campbell, Memorial’s vice-president
(academic). “The feedback from her students together with
her academic record amply demonstrates that Dr. Rose has a passion
for both her field and for teaching; this combination results
in the excellent learning experience she provides to students
and the tireless service she has provided for the university
and the music community. We are pleased that her hard work has
been recognized on a national level.”
Dr. Rose, a native of St. John’s, graduated from Memorial
in 1979 with a B. Music and B. Music Education. In 1990, she
returned to Memorial’s Faculty of Education to teach music
education, having graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
with a M.Music and a PhD in curriculum and instruction.
Dr. Rose is a violinist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra
and Sinfonia and is chair of the NSO’s education committee.
She is also an artistic director of the Festival 500 International
Choral Festival and a festival music adjudicator. She also authored
a number of national and international publications and co-authored
much of the provincial music education program curricula.
In giving her the award, the STLHE noted that, “Andrea’s
strength as a distinguished teacher is the result of an unusual
fusion of teaching, scholarship, musicianship and leadership
in her teaching practice. She has an extraordinary ability to
facilitate her students’ learning through questioning,
reflection and critical inquiry. Andrea is a valued advisor
to both students and colleagues and is gifted in her ability
to synthesize issues, suggests multiple solutions and generously
shares both her time and her wisdom.”
Dr. Rose’s work also extends beyond the walls of the university
into the community. In a collaborative effort between Memorial,
the NSO, locals schools, and the community, she and her colleagues
developed and produced a public pedagogy program entitled The
NSO Goes to School. This program involved the development of
a Grade Five resource-based curriculum about the symphony, and
coordinated school performances and workshops by NSO players
and chamber groups and offered incentives to students and their
parents to attend symphony concerts.
She is also the founding director of the Newfoundland Symphony
Youth Choir String Education Program and Research Project in
which she and a colleague are investigating the connections
between singing and string playing and their implications for
pedagogy. This program has provided a site for scholarly, artistic,
and pedagogical interaction between Memorial Faculty of Education,
Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir (NSYC) and music education
students. She has also served her community by acting as an
adjudicator or clinician at over 40 music events and festivals
in Canada and the United States.
This is the fifth time that faculty of Memorial University have
been honoured with this award; the other recipients were Dr.
Alex Faseruk in 2003, Professor Shane O’Dea in 2002, Dr.
Michael Collins in 1998 and Dr. Penny Hansen in 1990.
The STLHE is a national association of academics interested
in the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education.
For information, see www.stlhe.ca.