Judith Johnston (2003)

johnstonAffiliation at the time of the award: University of British Columbia, Audiology and Speech Sciences.

Citation: As a teacher of Audiology and Speech Sciences, Judith Johnston sees herself as a path maker, who “indicates the direction of travel, puts signs up where the road splits, and strategically positions a few benches to encourage pauses for reflection.” Her students appreciate that guidance and praise her insight, deep knowledge, and infectious enthusiasm. As one put it, she “pushes a student to the top of her ability but never beyond”, and her students consistently rate her teaching most highly, with an average of 4.7 on a 5-point scale over more than a decade. She has already been recognized for her achievements as a teacher, starting with the prestigious Lily Teaching Fellowship in 1981 and the AMOCO Foundation Teaching Award in 1986, and in 2002, she received a UBC Killam Teaching Prize.

She merits the 3M Award both for exceptional teaching and for her original vision and leadership. She transformed her school’s clinical education program and, since 1982, has been awarded over a million dollars in funding for elevent educational projects. An active supporter of the UBC’s Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth (TAG), she chaired its most important committee through its formative years. She is, as one student put it, “a wonderful teacher and mentor.”