Bob Schulz (1987)

schulzAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Calgary.

Citation: As the first recipient of The Order of The University of Calgary, Bob Schulz, management professor, Petroleum Land Management Director, and university Teaching Development Coordinator, exemplifies everything the award represents: going beyond the call of one’s position and outstanding performance in teaching, research, community service, and professional leadership.

“The reason you become a professor is to shape people’s lives”, said Schulz who received the Order in June of 1994 at a time when he was seriously questioning the value of his teaching efforts. “I went through a period of wondering if I am even making a difference.”

Now the award serves to remind him that his efforts to positively affect the lives of students are highly esteemed. “It is an external validation that all the time and effort put in are worthwhile”, said Schulz, who is affectionately called “Dr. Bob” by many of his students. Schulz notes, “I’ve taken the road less travelled – spending more time with students.

When he began teaching in Calgary in 1973, Schulz pioneered the idea of student projects. Today he sees more projects than ever before, allowing for more practical, applied orientation. “Teaching is more than just content, it is also about having a rapport with the students,” said Schulz.

But the strength of his rapport with students becomes clear as Schulz retrieves a letter recently received from a student he taught 20 years ago. The student, who now manages a hotel in Victoria, British Columbia writes, “I wanted you to know just how much your teaching, guidance, and encouragement during my 3rd and 4th years at The University of Calgary really meant to me … Bob, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Teaching Development:
Bob was seconded half-time from the Faculty of Management in 1991 to become the first Coordinator of the university’s Teaching Development Office. In addition to facilitating the development of horizontal interest groups for many different themes, Bob has continued his presentations and data gathering of student and professor learning styles.
In addition, Bob continues to coordinate the 5-year $700,000 teaching development grant from the Royal Bank of Canada. One key application involves accent reduction for graduate teaching assistants.

University Linkages:
The University of Calgary has been designated as one of 15 New Media Centres in North America. Many teaching technology applications have already been implemented.
The Teaching Development Office is helping to facilitate internal and external linkages. Further, in collaboration with McMaster University, The University of Calgary has submitted a $10 million proposal to the Networks of Centres of Excellence for Technology-Based Learning.

Personal Awards:
In addition to the 15 teaching-related awards Bob has won, some personal awards received by Bob over the past year are:

  • First recipient, Order of the University of Calgary.
  • Named to Who’s Who in American Education.
  • Named to Who’s Who in Alberta.
  • Named to Who’s Who in the West.
  • Named to Who’s Who in America.
  • First recipient, Order of Merit (Education), City of Calgary.