Len Gusthart (2002)

gusthartAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Saskatchewan, Kinesiology.

Citation: Len has served his university as a teaching mentor, an administrator, a leader, an innovator, and an advocate. He has won both the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Award and the Master Teacher Award, the university’s highest teaching honour. Len is one of only three professors to have received both these awards.

Len exemplifies the ideal teacher: he is concerned about his students, he gives generously of his time and energy to all aspects of his students’ development, and he is eager to share his knowledge with others. The great importance he attaches to teaching, the time and energy he invests in it, and the impact he makes on his students’ learning, are all qualities that underscore his dedication to his profession and to his students.

“This man wants to be in the classroom,” “he wants us to learn,” “always on time and with a smile on his face,” “he enjoys teaching, it is apparent in his lectures,” are but a few of the many very complimentary comments of his students which convey his genuine enthusiasm for teaching.

Len has been actively involved in educational leadership on the campus and beyond. He has conducted workshops and presented seminars to his colleagues, he is a regular presenter at the Orientation program for new instructors, and he acts as a peer consultant. His influence extends far beyond the University of Saskatchewan campus to include conference presentations throughout North America, particularly on student evaluation of teaching.

As a well respected mentor, administrator, leader, innovator and advocate, Len exemplifies the best qualities of an educator.