Barbara Paterson (1998)

patersonAffiliation at the time of the award: University of British Columbia.

Citation: Barbara Paterson is credited by students with keen insight, an extraordinary ability to motivate and inspire students, the capacity to set high standards and be supportive of student individuality and has been described as “the ideal graduate supervisor.” She teaches undergraduate courses in innovative and exciting ways, inspiring her students to go above and beyond minimum requirements and often to progress to levels of professional and scholarly achievement they might not otherwise have dreamed possible. Barbara clearly devotes a great deal of thought and critical reflection to the task of preparating for her teaching. She brings enormous creativity and energy to her teaching. She practiced “learner-centered teaching” long before it became fashionable. Barbara’s student ratings of her courses note her enthusiasm and her exceptional skill; her scores for each course are at or near the top every term. The students selected her to receive the Nursing Undergraduate Prize for Teaching on two occasions, and in 1996, she was the recipient of the University’s Killam Teaching Excellence Award.

Barbara’s commitment to excellence in teaching is also evident in her service to the School of Nursing and the University. She has served on a number of committees, including the School’s Program Implementation Committee which is responsible for the design and implementation of an innovative undergraduate nursing curriculum. For the past two years, she has served with great energy and enthusiasm as faculty liaison to the Nursing Undergraduate Society. She is increasingly sought after as an external examiner of curriculum by other academic institutions.

Her research and career have largely focussed on the use, improvement, and discovery of innovative teaching mehods, especially in support of clinical teaching and curriculum development. She has given a number of sessions on these topics to faculty in medicine, dentistry, nursing, and other disciplines at the University of British Columbia, other Canadian universities, and several community colleges in British Columbia. Barbara is identified as an exceptional mentor by her colleagues and has published widely in the field of higher education.