Meredith Cherland (1997)

cherlandAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Regina, Arts Education.

Citation: Meredith Cherland has been a member of the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina since 1978 and has enjoyed a strong and consistent reputation as an excellent teacher during that time. She is one of eleven distinguished winners of the University of Regina Alumni Association’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She is also known as a fine teacher of graduate students within her Faculty. She has a wide range of academic strengths, interests and achievements (her area of expertise is literacy education) which contribute to the credibility and authenticity of her teaching. She uses a wide variety of teaching strategies, but her students frequently identify Meredith’s enthusiasm for the subject as the teaching characteristic that makes her classes favourites.

Meredith Cherland has demonstrated her commitment to the improvement of university teaching by serving as the first Director of the University of Regina’s Teaching Development Centre. As a founding member of the Committee on University Teaching, Meredith was able to provide leadership in the University’s efforts to establish policies that will continue to contribute to the improvement of teaching for many years to come. She has designed a teacher preparation program for graduate teaching assistants, established the University of Regina’s Inspiring Teaching Awards, set up Teaching Circles, and delivered many workshops on aspects of excellence in university teaching. All have received strong praise from colleagues across her campus. In the past year, she co-chaired the Annual Conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, held for the first time at the University of Regina.