Guy Allen (1992)

allenAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Toronto at Mississauga, Professional Writing and Communication.

Citation: Guy Allen is an unusually talented teacher. His great enthusiasm for, and love of his work, his teaching skills, his sensitivity to the learning style of his students, and his ability to understand and empathize with his students have resulted in remarkable achievements by his students. He is currently a senior tutor with a joint appointment in the Transitional Year Programme (TYP), where he has been teaching writing for approximately 15 years, and Erindale College where he also teaches writing.

Students in the Transitional Year Programme are atypical undergraduates with very different knowledge, skills, attitudes and values. Their learning styles, motivations, aspirations, confidence and self-esteem also differ substantially. For these and related reasons, teaching TYP students places unusual demands on an instructor’s ability. Despite these challenges, Professor Allen has been consistently rated as an excellent or very good teacher by 100% of his students.

In the mid-1980’s, he spearheaded a reorganization of the writing course at TYP which greatly improved its effectiveness. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the University of Toronto Native Students Association and has been acting as advisor to the Association. Professor Allen has been a leading exponent of progressive and innova tive teaching. More recently, his hard work and initiative have resulted in the establishment of a modern computer laboratory in the TYP. He supervised the installation of this facility and has been volunteering his time to assist students in gaining competence using computers.