Allan Gedalof (1991)

gedalofAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Western Ontario, Film Studies.

Citation: It would be no exaggeration to say that Professor Gedalof is one of Western’s best known and most sought-after teachers. He has been a member of the Department of English since 1982 and evidence of his superlative abilities as a university teacher has been steadily accumulating since that time. A mature student of his writes: “…his skill at using lectures, seminars, discussions, visual aids, groups approaches, student reports … kept the students interested, involved and learning. That same variety … actually enticed me enough to read all of Samuel Richardson, even the unabridged `Clarissa’, an experience from which I am still recovering”. In 1990, Allan Gedalof was a recipient of a Teaching Award from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.

Allan has a particular talent for seeing how any given content could be taught more effectively. By such contributions, he has assisted both novice and experienced instructors to improve their teaching, particularly as it relates to the manner in which they use their voices and bodies and dramatic style to enhance attention and understanding. His advice has been invaluable to faculty members not only in the liberal arts but also in science, medicine, law and engineering. In addition, Allan has served as Chair of the Senate Committee on Admissions and Academic Programs and has participated in workshops on teaching which the Educational Development Office mounts annually. He continues his efforts as “a teacher of teachers” in the University’s Perspectives on Teaching series and through a graduate credit course on the theory and practice of university teaching. By all his contributions, he has assisted hundreds of faculty members with their teaching.