Paul Mercer (1994)

mercerAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Western Ontario, Physiology and Pharmacology.

Citation: As a classroom teacher, course manager, and problem-based learning tutor, Paul Mercer has earned unusually warm praise and consistently high ratings from his students. Although already a model university teacher who is noted for his careful preparation, clarity of explanation, and infectious love of his subject, Paul Mercer never ceases to experiment with better ways of presenting material and encouraging student learning. His contributions were formally recognized by the University in 1989 when he received Western’s highest award for teaching, the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Paul Mercer’s commitment to the quality of teaching and learning extends well beyond his excellence as a classroom and laboratory instructor. For over twenty years, as Chair of the Undergraduate Studies Committee, he has been the Department of Physiology’s chief academic counsellor, an important voice in curriculum development, a writer of exemplary study guides and largely responsible for setting the standards for teaching in the Department. As manager of the problem-based learning approach to teaching in the Faculty of Medicine, Paul Mercer has trained and organized over 100 tutors in the use of problem-based learning. He contributes to several other instructional development courses as well.