James Fenwick (1989)

fenwickAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Ottawa/Université d’Ottawa, Biology.

Citation: His department chairman describes a class of 200 students “cheering their approval” when a petition to nominate Dr. Fenwick for this award was announced. Since 1987, Dr. Fenwick has received teaching awards from the University of Ottawa and from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations. His excellent teaching evaluations over many years include many from large enrolment, required first-year courses, notorious for evaluating more harshly than small, upper year courses.

His leadership activities include running teaching workshops for new faculty members, a faculty-wide workshop for teaching assistants, serving on the Senate Committee on Teaching Resources and chairing the Faculty Teaching Effectiveness Committee and the Education Committee of the Canadian Society of Zoologists. All these activities are in addition to maintaining a flourishing research program and providing major contributions to curriculum reform in his department.