Congratulations to Dr. Colin Laroque, Adjunct Professor in Geography, who was one of ten scholars selected as this year's prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellows by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and 3M Canada. The 3M National Teaching Fellowship has a strong national and international reputation, as the only national, cross-disciplinary award for excellence in university teaching and educational leadership in Canada. It recognises scholars who, as noted on the STLHE website, “embody the highest ideals of teaching excellence and scholarship with a commitment to enhance the educational experience of every learner.”
Colin was well aware of the significance of this award when his nomination went forward. “I was floored when they first called and asked me to join the fellowship of 3M teachers for 2013,” he stated. “It is such a prestigious honour. I was quite honoured to even have my name put forth into the competition. From their web site, it seemed that more and more professors are going through the process of applying, and many submit for multiple years before being elected or withdrawing their name from the competitions. With this being my first application, I was not holding my breath and did not expect to be voted in so soon.”
There are now over 250 3M National Teaching Fellows across Canada, in a broad range of academic disciplines. Congratulations to Colin for joining this inspirational group!