Dr. Glyn George receives President's Award for his distinguished teaching

Dec 19th, 2016

By Jackey Locke

Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor, Memorial University, presents Dr. Glyn George with his award.
Dr. Glyn George receives President's Award for his distinguished teaching

Dr. Glyn George has received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, which recognizes continued teaching excellence and outstanding achievement in teaching effectiveness.

A professor of electrical and computer engineering at Memorial since 1988, Dr. George is well known for his teaching methods and organization.

His students know him as the professor who goes the extra mile to help them succeed by staying after class to answer questions and offering extended office hours.

“Dr. George’s extreme professionalism and respects shown towards his students generates a strong respect from all of his students,” said Adam Keating, a student of the Class of 2017. “When he commits to helping a student, it is always a full commitment and truly benefits his students. I always feel the most prepared in his course because of his exemplary teaching style, caring and organization.”

His colleagues respect him not only for his dedication and commitment to teaching and his students, but also for his impact on the engineering program overall at Memorial. He has been very involved in developing and reshaping several academic regulations and policies related to the undergraduate engineering programs.

When Dr. John Quaicoe served as associate dean (undergraduate studies), Dr. George served with him on the Faculty Core Committee.

“Dr. George’s contributions had a significant impact in shaping the first-year curriculum,” said Dr. Quaicoe. “As chair of the committee, I was impressed with Dr. George’s attention to details, as well as the comprehensive statistical analysis of high school courses and grades, which enabled the committee to determine the courses and grades required for admission and the curriculum of the core courses in the engineering program.”

Dr. George teaches core mathematics and statistics at the undergraduate level and his class sizes are some of the largest in the faculty. He has also taught one mathematics course at the graduate level.

Dr. George has taught in the United Kingdom, Bahrain and Canada. He volunteered with the K-12 education system in the province for more than 20 years, and has been a life member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils since 2005. In 2015 and 2013, he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Academic Service, respectively.

Dr. Dennis Peters, discipline chair for electrical and computer engineering, nominated Dr. George for this prestigious award.

“Glyn is richly deserving of this award,” said Dr. Peters. “His teaching sets a standard to which many of us can only aspire and he is deeply passionate about education. He has taught almost every student who has completed an engineering degree at Memorial in the past 24 years, and many of these alumni report fond memories of the rich learning experience in his courses.”

For Dr. George, receiving this award is satisfying and rewarding as it acknowledges that he has made a positive impact for his students.

“I feel privileged to have been permitted a career here in Engineering at MUN, where I can concentrate on my strengths in (and passion for) teaching and academic service,” said Dr. George.   “I am grateful to those who nominated me for this award and for their support and many kind words.”

Dr. George has been re-elected chair of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies by his colleagues for the past 10 years. In 1986, he completed a post-secondary certificate in education. Since joining Memorial, he has attended various workshops and professional development seminars on teaching. He is an occasional contributor to the prestigious Mathematical Gazette journal published by Cambridge University Press.

He has been a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society since 1984, and in 2016, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, both in the United Kingdom.

 

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