Ernie McFarland (1987)

macfarlandAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Guelph, Physics.

Citation: Ernie McFarland has been responsible for the development of many courses, demonstrations, and experiments in physics at the University of Guelph. He chaired the formation of innovative interdisciplinary first-year courses for scholarship-level students in physical science, and helped to create modular instruction units for large-enrolment biophysics courses. Ernie has contributed greatly to workshops and seminars on teaching and learning at the University of Guelph and other institutions, and has acted as an educational consultant for such organizations as TV Ontario, the Ontario Natural Gas Association, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, and the Ontario Ministry of Education.

“He receives the highest ratings” both from his students and peers and has earned a strong reputation for in-class demonstrations.

Ernie on challenging students to think: “I like to start a class with a demonstration that students cannot explain with their present knowledge. It causes mental confusion and arouses curiosity within the students – their attention is immediately captured.”