Elizabeth Tumasonis (1992)

tumasonisAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Victoria, History in Art.

Citation: Elizabeth Tumasonis has been well known as an outstanding teacher at the University of Victoria for many years. There is nothing postured or posed about her teaching, students simply note that she loves what she is doing and succeeds in instilling this love in them. She has a stunning capacity to inspire students at both the undergraduate and graduate level and in many disciplines: the history of art and architecture, studio art, theatre, languages and literature. Her classes are extremely stimulating, informative, challenging and often sparkle with humour. She can be characterized as a wide-ranging humanist, intellectually dedicated to interdisciplinary teaching and learning and committed to making her field understandable and appealing. Professor Tumasonis served as the Chair of her Department from 1991 to 1994.

In 1989, she became the first winner of the University of Victoria Alumni Teaching Award. Since that time, she has been even more active in helping to promote teaching improvement across the campus through a range of activities. She introduced a training program for teaching assistants, served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Learning and Teaching Centre, served on a number of committees dealing with teaching in art history, and conducted peer consultations for colleagues. As an active member of the University of Victoria Task Force on Teaching she recently assisted with the review of all aspects of teaching and learning at the University.