Thomas Cleary (1994)

clearyAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Victoria, English.

Citation: In 1991, Thomas Cleary was awarded the University of Victoria Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was one of the first winners of this annual award which acknowledged publicly something that has been clear since his arrival at the University in 1969, that he is a truly gifted teacher. Even though he has taught an unusually wide range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, he brings to each course an infectious enthusi asm and energy, an encyclopedic knowledge and a remarkable capacity to articulate his thoughts and his learning. For Thomas Cleary, good teaching involves sharing a delight in what is worth knowing and understanding.

Beginning in the 1980’s, Thomas Cleary established himself as a champion of good teaching in the university community. He worked consistently with the Learning and Teaching Centre and at the Departmental and Faculty level. In 1992, he became Chair of the University of Victoria Task Force on Teaching which was established to assess the status of teaching at the University and to make recommendations for its improvement and recognition. In addition to guiding the Committee, he drafted the original report and defended the final version before the various faculty bodies. He is a regular member of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee in the Department of English and remains one of the Department’s most dependable and trusted peer reviewers of classroom teaching.