OVC Instructor Wins Student Teaching Award

June 19, 2008 - News Release

An Ontario Veterinary College sessional instructor has received the 2008 Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Guelph's Central Student Association (CSA).

Babak Faramarzi, who taught OVC's veterinary anatomy course and is a recent doctoral graduate, will be presented with the award Monday during a 2 p.m. reception at the CSA offices in Room 274 of the University Centre.

The student-sponsored award is presented each year to a U of G teacher who demonstrates profound dedication to teaching and university education and is able to motivate and inspire students in and out of the classroom.
Faramarzi was recognized for fostering a discussion-based learning environment, his relationship with students and his ability to connect classroom experiences to real life.

"Dr. Faramarzi's innovative teaching methods demonstrate an ongoing contribution to a learner-centred experience," said Christi Garneau-Scott, the CSA's academic commissioner.

"The strong letters of support for his nomination indicate that (he) is committed to providing students with a comprehensive and practical understanding of course concepts."

Faramarzi said he's pleased that students appreciate his teaching style and effort. "I strive not only to teach the students technical knowledge but also to teach them critical thinking, teamwork and problem-solving skills. Students learn better when the clinical significance of the matter and its relevance to professional practice have also been presented to them. My goal is to teach my students to understand and to learn 'how to learn.' This is a prestigious award, and it's a great pleasure to receive it."

The CSA represents Guelph's 17,000 undergraduate students.

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