David Bentley (1994)

bentleyAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Western Ontario, English.

Citation: From the outset of his academic career, David Bentley has distinguished himself as a dedicated and extraordinarily effective teacher in every kind of classroom situation. Whether in large introductory courses, smaller lecture-discussion groups, seminars, or graduate tutorials, he has distin guished himself in the eyes of students and colleagues alike as an industrious, imaginative, and provocative teacher. Over his 15- year career at the University of Western Ontario, David Bentley has compiled a teaching record second-to-none. He combines masterful teaching with original scholarship of the highest calibre. In 1993, he was awarded the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching.

David Bentley supervises the weekly teaching workshops for some 10 teaching assistants in the Department of English. He continues to lead a group of advanced undergraduates and graduate students in the task of building a computer-based resource for teaching Canadian literature and culture. In making these resources available to students and teachers of Canadian culture, he has had a significant impact on curriculum. In 1993, he was chosen to share with Dr. Polanyi the task of addressing the Ontario Council of Universities on the question of the connection between teaching and research in post-secondary education.