Ron Stoltz (1999)

stoltzAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Guelph.

Citation: Ron is a dedicated, effective, and innovative teacher who cares deeply about his students and their learning experiences. He developed innovative approaches to the teaching of landscape architectural design and engineering that utilizes a wide range of techniques, from case study and problem-based to role play and more traditional studio consultation and lectures. He was deeply involved in curriculum and instructional development at the University of Guelph. Recently he played a significant part in the development of materials for evaluation of teaching as part of the Promotion, Merit and Tenure increase system at the University of Guelph. Over the past twenty-five years he has worked with the Alumni Association on a number of campus design projects for which he has involved his students in experiential learning opportunities through actual design and construction of the proposals. Ron is the recipient of four teaching awards, including the Outstanding Educator Award from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.

As the former chair of the University Senate International Committee and the Study Abroad and Exchange Program Committee, Ron conducted a thorough redesign of University policy and procedures for 65 student exchange programs, 7 semesters abroad programs and numerous department and college sponsored international field trips. He coordinated the exchange programs in the School of Landscape Architecture, which are some of the most active on campus. In 1998 he served as the Acting Director of the Center for International Programs.

As Director of Teaching Support Services, Ron brought about a complete change in the approach of faculty and staff towards the services of the office. The community now regards Teaching Support Services as a fundamentally important group who provide services to the teaching and learning enterprise on campus, including the particularly difficult challenge of making the undergraduate curriculum and experience more learner-centered. In addition to his work with a large number of teaching and learning communities, he has developed and presented over 55 university-wide workshops and seminars and his work in curriculum design and management is now used in professional programs at other universities. He publishes regularly in the areas of innovation in teaching and learning.