Bob Hawkes (1988)

hawkesAffiliation at the time of the award: Mount Allison University, Physics.

Citation: Bob Hawkes has made every effort to foster the teaching of science through the Department of Physics and the Department of Education at Mount Allison. He is particularly active in exploring ways of introducing audio-visual materials into his courses and the concept of a personalized system of instruction which allows students to set their own pace for learning. Bob has been an active member of the Senate Committee on Teaching. He has been active on a variety of committees and in organizations related to teaching, playing a leadership role and organizing several teaching- related conferences.

He has taken on a leadership role in his own department at Mount Allison, in other departments, and throughout the Atlantic Provinces. Winner of the 1987-88 Tucker Price, Mount Allison’s vehicle for expressing thanks and admiration to its most effective teachers. Robert is the creator and keeper of Harvey, a fictional character whose mischief helps students puzzle their way through difficult concepts. Presentations

The titles of a selection (from about 50) teaching related presentations, workshops and conference papers are indicated below:

  • “This lecture won’t teach you anything!”
  • “Bridging Two Solitudes: Relating Teaching and Research”
  • “A Lecture: The first three minutes”
  • “Junk can be beautiful” (science demonstrations with everyday objects)
  • “An Integrated HyperCard Learning and Communication System”
  • “The fun, power and application of science for everyone”
  • “Lights, Camera, Action – Teach!: An Introduction to Instructional Uses for QuickTime”
  • “Teaching and research: a conflict?”
  • “Instruction through images: More than just pretty pictures!”
  • “Digital Image Processing and University Science Teaching”
  • “Incorporating QuickTime and full colour pictures with HyperCard”
  • “Things I Wouldn’t Do Again” (in microcomputer enhanced teaching)
  • “Incorporating QuickTime and full colour pictures with HyperCard”
  • “Things I Wouldn’t Do Again” (in microcomputer enhanced teaching)
  • “Introductory Distance Astronomy: A Technology Based Approach”
  • “Congruency between personal values and action” (for student leadership series)
  • “The Physics of Sports” (for physics teachers)
  • “Students offer teaching tips”
  • “Computers, Mail and Teaching”
  • “Technological Innovation and Liberal Education”

Other Teaching Awards

  • Herbert and Leota Tucker Award for Excellence in Teaching (Mt. Allison) 1988.
  • Atlantic Provinces Council on the Sciences Teaching Award 1992.
  • Paul Paré Medal of Excellence (Mt. Allison) 1998.
  • Canadian Association of Physicists Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching medal 2000. <?li>

Curriculum Materials Authored

    Linear Electronics, a PSI (personalized system of instruction) mastery unit based textbook – originally authored in 1984, revised 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990; co-authored and further revised with Stewart Walker 1994-1997, 1999) Printed by Mount Allison University and used as textbook for Physics 3311 course.

  • Digital Electronics, a PSI (personalized system of instruction) mastery unit based textbook – originally authored in 1985, revised 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993; co-authored and further revised with Stewart Walker 1994-1997, 1999). Printed by Mount Allison University and used as textbook for Physics 3351 course.
  • “Night Sky”, “Amazing Balance” multimedia presentations on The Innovators CD (Apple Canada/Harvest Interactive Media, Nov. 1994).
  • Mackay, C.B. & Hawkes, R.L., 1996, Fundamental Astronomy: from observation to understanding, Macintosh CD-ROM courseware published by Mount Allison University with support from TeleEducation New Brunswick.
  • Bales, C., Cant, P., Hawkes, R. & Walker, S., 1996, Fundamental Physics: from seeing to understanding, Macintosh CD-ROM courseware published by Mount Allison University with support from TeleEducation New Brunswick.
  • Mechanics: An Action Approach by R.L. Hawkes. LaTeX format text which contains experiential physics activities, developed for Physics 3401 course and printed by Mount Allison University. Current version copyright 1998, based on earlier versions.