Anton Allahar (2005)

AllaharAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Western Ontario, Sociology.

Citation: The inaugural and only two-time winner of his University Student Council’s Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Anton has also received the highest teaching honour that his university bestows. According to his students, he is: “absolutely great,” “amazing,” “incredible,” “thought- provoking,” “charismatic” — “an inspiration!”

Anton describes his philosophy of teaching as “critical, democratic and egalitarian. It deals with the dynamic tension between the individual and society, and highlights the need for individuals to be made aware of their social responsibilities.”

Anton is a teacher with reach, who has made his influence for good teaching felt far beyond the bounds of his home institution. From St. Petersburg , Russia to Suva , Fiji to Kingston , Jamaica and Havana , Cuba as well as elsewhere in Canada , he has forged strategic partnerships in support of effective teaching with regards to sensitive and controversial issues, such as ethnicity, race, religion and nationality. At Western, he has played a leadership role in the drafting of his university’s policies on race relations and sexual harassment.

He has been an ambassador for active, student-centered teaching practices with a focus on getting students to read, write, and think analytically. As a dedicated mentor of both students and colleagues, Anton has been described as a “teacher’s teacher.”