Shannon Hagerman has been awarded the Killam Teaching Prize for the 2018/19 academic year. Established university-wide, the Killam Teaching Prizes are awarded annually to faculty members in recognition of excellence in teaching. This award recognizes Shannon’s strong commitment to teaching and reflects her abilities to interest and engage students both inside and outside of the classroom. The following short citation has been prepared and will be read by the Provost at the May Convocation Ceremony:
“Shannon Hagerman’s teaching interests revolve around the human dimensions of natural resources conservation. By employing in-class discussions, diverse assessments, peer evaluations, and case studies in her reflective practice, she continually strives to build a rewarding and challenging learning environment for her students, without compromising on the high standards that she holds for them. In addition to her efforts within the classroom, she has demonstrated educational leadership by exploring the effectiveness of a diverse set of teaching approaches. Her passion for teaching is also evident in her graduate level instruction and mentoring, helping students to realize their potential as social scientists.”
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 Robert Kozak (Chair), Dr Suzie Lavallee, and Dr Nicholas Coops. 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.