David Foot (1992)

footAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Toronto, Economics.

Citation: David Foot is an outstanding teacher; his performance in the Department of Economics can only be described as exceptional in quality and consistency. Written comments by his students uniformly praise his ability to communicate, his preparedness and organization, his encouragement of independent thinking, and his success in bringing into the discussion examples drawn from current events and controversies among specialists in the field. In 1992, he was a recipient of the Students’ Administrative Council and Association of Part- time Undergraduate Students’ Teaching Award. The fact that this is the second time he has received this award is an impressive tribute to his teaching excellence.

Professor Foot is always willing to assist his colleagues in teaching development initiatives. He has presented at the Faculty of Arts and Science “Effective Teaching” seminar for new faculty, and has consulted with other departments on the design of courses. His early interest in the evaluation of teaching resulted in a program for his own department. More recently, his interest in the numerous implications of demographic trends has resulted in repeated requests for seminars, presentations at conferences and workshops, always with the intent of helping educational institutions and other organizations better prepare for the future. Many of these trends have been outlined in his best-selling Boom Bust & Echo books which are now part of many course curricula in a variety of educational settings.