Norman Gibbins (1987)


gibbinsAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Guelph, Microbiology.

Citation: Dr. Gibbins is a mentor and friend for new faculty in the Microbiology Department, helping them develop teaching skills, and transmitting very clearly his love and enthusiasm for teaching and learning. Dr. Gibbins has consciously chosen to focus on teaching and associated activities. He has provided strong leadership at all levels of teaching administration and educational development. Norm Gibbins has been very much involved in the preparation of statements on the University’s educational philosophy, such as those on Liberal Education and on Learning Objectives.

“…an incredible 95.9% of his students give him an A or B rating.”
Under his direction as chairman, the Board [of Undergraduate Studies] began its evolution from an “administrative hurdle” to the source of serious analysis of the role of teaching in a University.
Norman on being a “born” teacher: “I am an introvert by nature so teaching never came easy to me. I’ve worked at it because, over the last twenty years, I’ve come to realize how important it is to pass on what is of value.”

Obituary: Peter passed away April 15, 2000