Barry Joe (2000)

joeAffiliation at the time of the award: Brock University, Centre for Digital Humanities, German.

Citation: As the Director for the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Educational Technologies, Barry Joe fosters an inviting atmosphere for professional development at Brock University. Some of his accomplishments include reviving the New Faculty Orientation program, establishing an awards program for junior and senior teaching assistants, managing and marketing an internal computer-based training software system for faculty, staff and students, and overseeing the implementation of recommendations for teaching and learning in the University’s Planning and Priorities document. His interest in computer-mediated learning environments has given a strong technological direction to the Centre which benefits colleagues across the disciplines. Under Barry’s leadership, the Centre has become the hub for efforts to effectively introduce technology as an aid to learning. The Centre offers workshops on WebCT to help faculty use this learning platform. This year, Barry was host and Conference Co-Chair for the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education – perhaps the most significant event for teaching and learning held at Brock since its founding.

Barry maintains consistently high student ratings in two different disciplines in two different Faculties. Most of his recent course development work involved conceptualizing, designing and executing a series of courses at the core of the Information Technology stream in Communication Studies. This careful development effort and his enthusiasm for these courses is all the more remarkable, given that he teaches the courses on overload. Barry regularly presents the results of his curriculum development at conferences across Canada. His dedication to teaching and learning, both institutionally and at the personal level, earned him the recognition of his peers when he was named recipient of the Brock University Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1999.