Dr. Eric Gill receives President's Award for his teaching
The President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching recognizes continued teaching excellence and outstanding achievement in teaching effectiveness. Given the criteria for the award, it came as no surprise when Dr. Eric Gill was chosen as the recipient for 2013.
A professor of electrical and computer engineering at Memorial since 2000, Dr. Gill has earned the respect of his students and colleagues. Dr. Gill teaches core engineering courses, including circuit analysis, electromagnetic fields, antennas and electromagnetics for communications. While core engineering courses can be challenging for students due to their inherent analytical nature and high level of abstraction, Dr. Gill’s knowledge of the course material and his unique teaching approach have been invaluable to his students.
He holds the highest level teaching certification and a vocational (post-secondary) teaching certification from the province. Before joining Memorial, he taught for 23 years at the College of the North Atlantic. He served several years as the scholarships and awards chair of the Newfoundland section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is a member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society and the American Geophysical Union.
Dr. Dennis Peters, discipline chair for electrical and computer engineering, nominated Dr. Gill for this prestigious award.
“I was delighted when I heard that Eric had won. He is very deserving of it. Everyone that I spoke to with regards to writing letters of nomination was very happy to do so, which tells me that many people agree with me that he is the right person to receive the award,” said Dr. Peters.
For Dr. Gill, receiving this award is satisfying and rewarding as it acknowledges that he has made a positive impact for his students.
“It gives a sense of satisfaction to know that perhaps I have positively impacted the careers of others and that motivates me to try to continually improve my pedagogical techniques. I appreciate the recognition from my peers; however, what makes this award even more special, is the positive feedback I receive from former and current students,” said Dr. Gill.
Dr. Gill also won the 2013 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, an internal award in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and in 2012, he was the recipient of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador (PEG NL) Teaching Award given in recognition of exemplary contribution to engineering education.