Esther Enns (1998)

ennsAffiliation at the time of the award: Saint Mary’s University, linguistics.

Citation: In all aspects of Esther Enns’ teaching and advising responsibilities, she not only shows a commitment to the highest principles of pedagogy, but also couples that with an unbounded dedication to the University, her students and the experience that they have. She is keenly aware of how different students learn and what they will find interesting and stimulating. She sees every class as an opportunity to help students learn in a way that affords the maximum benefit. Esther consistently ranks in the top 5% of faculty in Humanities. This performance was acknowledged in 1994 when she received the Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Award.

Esther has a strong reputation among her colleagues as a person who helps others develop their teaching. In 1995, she was invited to Chair the Learning and Instructional Development Sub- committee, the campus-wide task force on curricular innovation campus-wide. She has presented her innovative teaching ideas at Teaching Development workshops, made several presentations to a variety of University committees, and served as a member of the Faculty of Humanities Curriculum Task Force. The Report produced by this task force has played an important role in furthering innovative thinking about curriculum in the Faculty. While Acting Head of Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Studies, Esther encouraged her colleagues to incorporate responses to the recommendations in the Report into their teaching. As a consequence, her Department has become known as one in which the challenges of innovative teaching are supported and encouraged.

Esther is very well known in Alberta and across Canada for her high-quality publications and the countless workshops that she has given on campuses, at regional and national conferences, and in schools. Beyond the Canadian border, Esther has an excellent professional reputation in Germany and in Switzerland, in particular, for her innovative thinking about “tandem” learning and teaching.