Gordon Lange (1991)

langeAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Guelph, Chemistry.

Citation: Gordon Lange is a highly respected member of the faculty, having been the previous winner of teaching awards within the university (University of Guelph Faculty Association, 1983), provincially (Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, 1984) and nationally (Union Carbide Award in Chemical Education, 1986). Students consistently rank his teaching at or near the top, and this in a Department with several teaching award winners and carrying the highest undergraduate load in the University. “Dr. Lange is by far the best professor I’ve had”, is a frequent student comment.

His colleagues draw attention to his success as a coordinator of multi-sectioned courses, a key job requiring a great deal of time, attention, care and tact. “A good performance gets little praise, but a poor one leaves students feeling they got a raw deal and the course was unfair”. A high degree of tact is needed to coordinate one’s “sometimes prickly” colleagues. This critical role is in safe hands with Gordon Lange.

Dr. Lange has contributed to the development of teaching beyond his own department through several sessions organized by the University Teaching Support Services. In his workshop “What do I do Tomorrow?” Gord helps faculty members plan ways of beginning a course effectively. In “Research and Teaching/Teaching and Research” he helps colleagues explore the relationship between these two major calls on faculty members’ time. In those sessions, he demonstrated to his colleagues the dedication and thoughtfulness with which he approaches teaching and the way he manifests these qualities to encourage students’ learning.