Will Coleman (1994)

colemanAffiliation at the time of the award: McMaster University, Political Science.

Citation: William Coleman is a committed, organized, creative and compelling teacher. He has an outstanding record in the classroom as attested to by his students – through their ratings – and by colleagues with whom he frequently team teaches. He has a scholarly approach to his teaching, learning from others and then applying those insights to his own courses. Despite his active and demanding scholarly program, he has always sought to put students and their learning first. His teaching has been recognized on a number of occasions in a more formal way through the teaching awards of the McMaster Students Union. He won the MSU teaching award for the Faculty of Social Sciences twice in 1980-81 and again in 1986. In 1986, he also won the MSU Overall Teaching Award as best instructor on campus.

William Coleman frequently attends teaching and learning workshops and given the opportunity, he presents his own findings through a seminar or workshop. In 1992, he worked with the University Committee on Teaching and Learning to introduce a new university-wide policy on the Recognition and Reward of Teaching. This policy introduced the use of teaching dossiers to McMaster and provided for the new President’s Awards for teaching, first offered in 1992. In the same year, he chaired a committee with the responsibility for introducing “Theme Schools” – an innovative approach to teaching and learning that involves students in the research of an interdisciplinary team of faculty members around a theme, and that utilizes self-directed learning.