David Thomson Award for Graduate Supervision and Teaching
Ian Butler
Department of Chemistry
Macdonald College Award for Teaching Excellence
Laurie Baker
Department of Agricultural Economics
Engineering Alumni Award
Laurent Mydlarski
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Osler Award for Outstanding Teaching (Faculty of Medicine)
Ann Wechsler
Department of Physiology
Faculty of Education Award for Distinguished Teaching
Cynthia Weston
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
Engineering Class of '44 Outstanding Teaching Award
Dimitrios Berk
Department of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Management Distinguished Teaching Award (Graduate)
Larbe Hammami
Faculty of Management
Leo Yaffe Award for Excellence in Teaching (Faculty of Science)
Prakash Panangaden
School of Computer Science
Award for Distinguished Teaching (Continuing Education)
Marie-Claude Beauchamp
English and French Language Centre
H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching (Faculty of Arts)
Michael Bisson
Department of Anthropology
Carrie M. Derick Award for Graduate Teaching and Supervision
Moshe Szyf
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching (Faculty of Arts)
Kay Sibbald
Department of Hispanic Studies
Faculty of Management Distinguished Teaching Award (undergraduate)
Diane Castonguay
Faculty of Management
John W. Durnford Teaching Excellence Award
Blaine Baker
Faculty of Law

Teaching in troubled times

A recent survey of arts professors reveals that the strain of years of budget cuts is taking its toll in the classroom.
A lab for learning

Electrical and computer engineering professor Harry Leib inherited a teaching lab that was underequipped and a source of embarrassment. He has earned a national prize for turning it into a vital learning centre.

Welcome to the McGill Reporter's annual teaching supplement.This special section gives us an opportunity each year to fête the University's most recent teaching award winners. As a former university student, it also provides me with the opportunity to exact a little revenge -- I get to assign these teachers some homework.

The idea is to pick the brains of prize-winning pedagogues on the subject of teaching. We asked them to answer a pair of queries this year, namely:

1) What is the greatest challenge associated with teaching at the university level?

2) What, in your opinion, are the hallmarks of good teaching?

I think you'll agree their replies are well worth reading.

The supplement also includes some comments from the beneficiaries of good teaching -- students. We asked several notable McGill graduates, including author and scientist Steve Pinker and astronaut Julie Payette, who their favourite McGill teachers were.

We've also included a story about a recent survey of arts professors that touches on the effect that years of budget cuts have had on their ability to teach their courses. And we shine the spotlight on electrical and computer engineering professor Harry Leib, the recent recipient of a national teaching prize.

Daniel McCabe