2015 Faculty Awards

Posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Six men stand in front of Johnston Hall outside, four award winners hold framed certificates
Rob Gordon, OAC Dean; Prof. Nate Perkins; Prof. Dave Hooker; Prof. Paul Sibley; Prof. Andreas Boecker; Matt Cole, OAC Alumni Association President

Last week, four faculty members were presented with 2015 OAC Alumni Association and OAC Alumni Foundation faculty awards.

Nathan Perkins received the OAC Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award. Perkins is a landscape architecture prof in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. The distinguished teaching award recognizes the importance of effective teaching by faculty who play a significant role in the education of OAC students. Perkins has been a faculty member for 25 years and is a highly regarded educator and scholar at the University of Guelph. He has taught more than 800 undergraduate students and has been primary advisor to more than 65 graduate students. His teaching has been consistently rated excellent throughout his career. Supporters of Perkin's nomination said, “Nate demonstrates unwavering supports for students. At both the undergraduate and graduate level Nate is known for his willingness to go the extra mile in support of student interest.”

Paul Sibley received the OAC Alumni Association Distinguished Researcher Award. Sibley is a prof in the School of Environmental Sciences. This award recognizes outstanding research accomplishments by an OAC faculty member. Sibley completed his PhD at the University of Waterloo in 1994 and since that time has developed an international reputation for research excellence. He has published close to 100 refereed research papers and 11 book chapters. He has over two decades of research experience on the effects and ecological risks of chemical contaminants on Great Lakes ecosystems, conducting ecotoxicological assessments to investigate the effects of industrial, agricultural and forest-related stressors in surrounding watersheds and the importance of terrestrial-aquatic linkages. His leadership has provided graduate students across Ontario with opportunities to carry out international internships and in their pursuit of a wide range of research goals. Sibley has received funding from numerous agencies including the Canadian Water Network, OMAFRA, NSERC, MNR, the Beef Cattle Research Council and the 3M Corporation.

David Hooker received the OAC Alumni Association Distinguished Extension Award. Hooker is a prof in the Department of Plant Agriculture. This award recognizes effective extension efforts used successfully in extension outside the University classroom by an OAC faculty member. Hooker is a well-deserved recipient of this award. His extension efforts extend the traditional Knowledge Translation and Transfer methods but also through social media and other electronic forms of outreach. He actively engages students in his extension efforts creating a much larger outreach and teaching the importance of agricultural outreach for future leaders of the industry. His efforts are realized through effective networks of service and communication to government soil and field crop specialists, consultants, and various field crop committees. His Twitter account, @cropdoc2, has over 4,200 followers and has proven innovative extension materials with several web-based materials and apps.

Andreas Boecker is the recipient of the 2015 G.P. McRostie Faculty Award presented by the OAC Alumni Foundation. Boecker is a prof in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics. This award recognizes the importance of effective advising and mentoring by faculty who play a significant role in the education of OAC students. Boecker cares deeply about undergraduate education at the University of Guelph. He has lead the department's liaison team and has introduced informal get-togethers for first and second year students, where new students connect with more senior students and faculty to talk about topics such as course selection, planning an exchange, co-op opportunities, career prospects and grad school. He has been instrumental in the redesign of the department's website to be more supportive for students, and he mentors teams of University of Guelph students participating in national and international agribusiness competitions.

Congratulations and thank you to all of the 2015 award recipients. View photos from the awards presentation.

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