Students Honour Profs for Teaching Excellence

April 14, 2010 - News Release

Profs. Robin Milhausen and Brady Deaton have received the 2010 Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Guelph's Central Student Association (CSA).

The student-sponsored award is presented each year to U of G teachers who demonstrate profound dedication to teaching and university education and are able to motivate and inspire students in and out of the classroom.

“These awards are important because they come from the students,” said Nathan Lachowsky, CSA academic and university affairs commissioner. “It’s our opportunity as undergraduate students to recognize, appreciate and thank the dedication and impact that these teachers have on us during our time at the University of Guelph.”

Milhausen, of the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, teaches courses in human sexuality. She was chosen by the students for her ability to encourage openness and trust in the classroom. She was also recognized for developing and supervising the undergraduate research group in sexuality, which allows undergraduate students from various disciplines to participate in research projects.

“Professor Milhausen has focused intently on providing opportunities to undergraduate students, which includes attendance at international conferences and presentations of research results at local, national and international levels,” said Lachowsky.

Deaton, of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, teaches courses in environmental and natural resource economics. He was recognized for his ability to engage students through his teaching and research. He was also commended for acting as a mentor and adviser to his undergraduate students.

“He should take pride in the quality of students that he so clearly helps to produce,” said Lachowsky. “The tremendous support he received from students is evidence that they appreciate all that he does.”

Deaton said it was an honour to be nominated by his students.

"I was inspired and thankful for their comments. Their kinds words have encouraged me to be a better teacher and further enhance the learning environment for future students."

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