Marilyn Robinson (1993)

robinsonAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Western Ontario, Physiology.

Citation: Marilyn Robinson is an extraordinary teacher – enthusiastic, dedicated and gifted – and a model for all who aspire to excellence in the craft of teaching. Year after year, Dr. Robinson’s evaluations are consistently and significantly above the departmental average. This result is consistent over a variety of students and teaching situations (large lecture courses, science labs and small group teaching). It is rare for a teacher to be rated so highly across the board. She devotes an incredible amount of time to one-on-one tutoring, advising and counselling of students and to curriculum development and course design in the Department of Physiology. In 1992, she was awarded the University’s Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Marilyn has also made important contributions to the quality of teaching through her role as Director of the University’s Educational Development Office over the past five years. Innovations that have taken place during Marilyn’s term of office include peer consultation on teaching, T.A. Day, and a new mini-course on university teaching for faculty. As Director of this office, she is also responsible for publishing a newsletter, running a seminar series for faculty members on teaching-related issues, and mounting a range of programs to promote teaching excellence. She is recognized across Canada as an expert in faculty development and is frequently called upon to offer workshops and consultations on teaching at various Canadian universities.