Fred Evers (2001)

eversAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Guelph, Sociology and Anthropology, Educational Research and Development Unit (Director).

Citation: According to the Provost of his university, “Fred Evers is an outstanding contributor to the scholarship of education and has made very valuable contributions to the curricular design on campus and for the Guelph-Humber initiative. He is widely respected for his interest and commitment to outcomes based educational processes.” Fred Evers practices learner-centeredness by enabling his students to become self-reliant, experiential, life-long learners. His focus is on skill development and reflection grounded in educational literature and elaborated in his co-authored book The Bases of Competence: Skills for Lifelong Learning and Employability. Students have consistently valued him as their teacher, mentor and role model and for the extraordinary time that he spends with them outside the classroom.

Fred Evers’ department has recognized his efforts on three different occasions for excellence and innovation in teaching which was followed by a university wide award as Distinguished Professor in 1997. This year, Fred was presented with the Peer Helper Program Partnership Award, and is the recipient of a new award established at Guelph – The President’s Distinguished Professor Award.

Beyond the classroom, Fred has garnered respect from his peers as an educational leader. He is regularly called upon by Guelph’s Center for Educational Research for Teaching Support Services for his expertise on innovative curriculum development and assessment. Fred continues to be involved in a variety of projects inside and outside the university community.