Patricia Chuchryk (1999)

chuchrykAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Lethbridge, Sociology.

Citation: During the last decade, Patricia has earned the reputation as a superior teacher and leader in the incorporation of interactive software in pedagogy. She teaches across the entire range of the Sociology curriculum, and all her courses are enriched with internet and e-mail technologies including computer lab periods, online newsgroup discussions of course topics and themes, and carefully evaluated student web page authorship. An important part of Pat’s teaching activity involves the Capstone Seminar in Arts and Science which she implemented. This is a multi-disciplinary course which focuses on critical thinking and communication skills among senior undergraduate students. Pat guided the first group of instructors through a preliminary year of planning and the first offering of the course. She has been an instructor in the course for the past four years.

Because of her many contributions to teaching excellence and innovation, Pat won the competition for the Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University in 1991. In 1994, her teaching was further honoured by the invitation to give the prestigious Convocation Address. Pat was Chair of the Department of Sociology from 1990 to 1998, and was the Coordinator of Women’s Studies from 1996 to 1998. She was also the President of the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association and also the Coordinator of Liberal Education.

During the past twenty years, Pat has taught courses and/or conducted research at seven universities in four countries. She is a popular and highly sought after workshop provider, and has given over a dozen pedagogical presentations. Her main scholarly interests are rooted in Feminist Sociology, a domain in which she has published over twenty articles, and has delivered almost forty conference presentations and invited lectures.