David Berry (2000)

berryAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Victoria, Chemistry.

Citation: David is an enthusiastic and extremely effective contributor who volunteers much of his spare time to make the most opportunities to educate and enthuse students. As a Laboratory Supervisor in the Department of Chemistry, he is responsible for all aspects of laboratory teaching of inorganic chemistry including overall administration of the undergraduate laboratory program and the hiring and training of all teaching assistants. In 1997, he received the University’s highest recognition – the Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence.

Dave gives his time, generously and energetically, to the activities of the Learning and Teaching Centre, He is a willing consultant, advisor, and presenter at teaching and learning events as well as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Centre. He works tirelessly to promote the campus-wide program for graduate teaching assistants were he served on the planning group, chaired the sessions for international teaching assistants, and recruited workshop facilitators. He is a stalwart advocate for fairness in employment practices and the necessity for the institution, and departments, to provide timely and appropriate training for all graduate students who teach. As part of a Graduate Studies initiative, he has voluntarily taken on the role of organizing a formal program “Graduate Students as Apprentice Teachers” – a program in which peers will teach peers in an effort to improve undergraduate teaching.

Dave also chaired discussion sessions on the practical problems of teaching, contributing to the recent volumes of the Critical Teaching Incidents videotapes which cover such topics as plagiarism, discrimination and harassment. These tapes have raised the profile of teaching around campus and are widely used as a resource for training at many universities throughout the world. David has received several Innovative Teaching Grants, including one to develop his own video entitled, “Critical Safety Incidents”, a videotape that graphically translates the lessons learned from a fire in the Chemistry department into lab safety training resource.

He maintains an active academic research program in inorganic chemistry through collaborations with faculty at the University of Victoria and with laboratories at other universities. He has also been invited to present at a number of National and International conferences and has published widely in a variety of scientific journals.