Don Kline (2000)

klineAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Calgary, Psychology.

Citation: Don Kline is clearly a remarkable classroom instructor who cares about his students and who constantly develops new materials and methods to facilitate their learning.. Paperless exams, a lab in which students use their knowledge to solve a “clinical vision mystery”, and interactive web tutorials are just a few of the innovations Don has helped pioneer at the University. Don also developed eight original labs for his Vision course and with a colleague is creating an html-based modular learning package called Sight & Sound for use in perception, audition and vision courses. He is widely recognized for his innovations in curriculum design, the creative use of technology in course and program delivery and for his contributions to the development of a “universal” teaching evaluation instrument and an associate “publication” system for the campus-wide dissemination of course evaluation data for student use in course selection. Don’s key role in developing the USRI instrument and publication process won him the Students’ Union Ray Alward Memorial Service Award. He has also received the Madden Teaching award, Faculty of Social Sciences Distinguished Teacher Award, the Student’s Union Teaching Excellence Award, and the President’s Circle Award for Teaching Excellence.

Don contributes regularly and with distinction to the broader institutional pursuit of teaching excellence and curriculum development. He established and participated in the design of a Psychology Learning Resource Centre and created the University’s first position of Teaching Coordinator to help faculty members respond to the needs and pressures of very high department enrolments. Beyond his own department, he contributes to the advancement of the gerontology curriculum and training across the province as the University’s representative to the Alberta Gerontology Consortium. He participates in numerous symposia, workshops and presentation, and helped develop the University’s new curriculum model as a member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Redesign Team. His work on this Team was exceptional and recognized by a Presidential Citation for Excellence in Service.