CSA Names Top Teachers

April 05, 2011 - News Release

Biomedical sciences professor Bettina Kalisch and German-language professor Ruediger Mueller have received 2011 Teaching Excellence Awards from the University of Guelph's Central Student Association (CSA). History professor Jacqueline Murray received honourable mention.

Established in 1990, the annual student-sponsored awards recognize teachers with considerable impact on undergraduate students.

"We endeavour to provide recognition and appreciation for the contributions of outstanding instructors to teaching and learning," said Kevin Bowman, CSA academic and university affairs commissioner.

Kalisch was cited for her teaching techniques and for being a mentor and friend outside the classroom. She serves as a senator on the Board of Undergraduate Studies.

“Students appreciate her always-positive and enthusiastic demeanour and her consistent ability to have the class actively involved in class rather than simply receiving information,” Bowman said.

Mueller, a professor in the School of Languages and Literatures, was recognized as an academically rigorous and enriching educator. “His students do not appreciate him for leniency or lax standards,” Bowman says. “Rather, his impressive work ethic inspires students to put forth their best efforts.” He has also organized extracurricular events such as German-language weekend trips.

Students called Murray enthusiastic, inspiring and supportive. Said Bowman: “It’s obvious that her commitment to developing and offering unique and exceptional courses for students makes her a huge asset to the University of Guelph.”

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, Ext. 53338, lhunt@uoguelph.ca, or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982, d.healey@exec.uoguelph.ca.

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