Nicholas Coops has been awarded the Killam Teaching Prize for the 2015/16 academic year. Established university-wide, the Killam Teaching Prizes are awarded annually to faculty members in recognition of excellence in teaching. This award recognizes Nicholas’ strong commitment to teaching and reflects his abilities to interest and engage students both inside and outside of the classroom.
The Forestry Killam Teaching Prize Committee was tasked with recommending an individual to receive this award. The committee was comprised of past Killam Teaching Prize recipients: Dr. Sally Aitken (Chair), Dr. Suzie Lavallee, and Dr. Robert Kozak. As part of the process of arriving at a recommendation, the committee conducted class room visits, collected comments on the nominees’ teaching from undergraduate and graduate students, and spoke with each of the nominees regarding their teaching philosophy. The committee had the following to say about the nominees:
“Overall, we were very impressed with all of the candidates’ enthusiasm for teaching and their commitment to improving the student experience. We saw a wide range of pedagogical approaches implemented well, and heard of many ways in which innovative teaching methods had been developed to improve student learning. Students in the Faculty of Forestry are fortunate to have so many outstanding instructors who truly care for students, and go above and beyond what is expected to help them grow academically, professionally and personally.”