Anne Naeth (1997)

naethAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Alberta, Renewable Resources.

Citation: Anne Naeth’s contributions to excellence in teaching and learning extend well beyond her own discipline and classes to her colleagues in the Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics, to the University in general, and to her professional colleagues in Canada and abroad. In addition to serving on the University’s Teaching and Learning Committee, she has also chaired teaching committees within her Faculty where she guided the development of significant documents on the evaluation of teaching and teaching awards. One of her most spectacular impacts has been the annual Teaching Innovation Week, a highly effective way to stimulate interest in new teaching approaches among a broad cross-section of faculty. Her work is widely known, particularly for the writing of the Teaching Resource Manual for Graduate Teaching Assistants and Faculty, and her involvement in a project to develop a videodisc of exemplary teaching practices entitled, “Key Teaching Behaviours.” She continues to be actively involved with University Teaching Services in their programs for graduate teaching assistants, for professors, and most recently, in the Peer Consultation Program.

Anne Naeth has also had a powerful positive impact on the lives of her students. Student comments speak highly of her effectiveness, of her “role model” skills, of her fairness, compassion, enthusiasm for the subject and, above all, for her concerns about the development of the individual student in the academic setting. She chairs the Environment and Conservation Sciences Program where she has been indispensable in curriculum development and teaching several of the foundation courses. Her eclectic approach to these courses, instructional excellence and empathy for students make her immensely popular. This was formally recognized when the Faculty selected her to receive the Faculty’s Teaching Award in 1995. She has also been recognized for her classroom instruction by colleagues outside of the University of Alberta when, in 1994, the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture selected her to receive their NACTA Teaching Award. Being one of the few women in a predominantly male faculty and discipline, her students have benefited from her as a mentor and a role model.