Kenneth Bartlett (2005)

BartlettAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Toronto, Office of Teaching Advancement.

Citation: For Ken Bartlett, the world is his classroom, as is the community in which he lives. Others echo this view in recognizing his local and global spheres of influence.

The winner of several outstanding teaching awards from his faculty and university, he is especially proud of the Undergraduate Teaching Award that students adjudicate.

Ken wants his students to experience history first-hand, through primary source material. This is evident in his study-abroad program where multicultural students work in groups generating research from museum archives in London and Oxford . “I want my students not just to know what happened during the Renaissance, but to see the past through the eyes of people who lived in those years.”

Ken’s ability to engage students, whether it be in intimate first-year seminars or 500+ survey courses, resonates in his relationships with his peers. His commitment to support and recognize teaching at one of the largest research intensive universities in Canada is evident in his collaborative and transformative views on faculty development, in his personal contact with his peers, and in new initiatives. Thanks to Ken’s vision, the university plans to create an Academy of Teaching that will recognize a new university-wide rank equal to the rank of University Professor.

As founding Director of the Office of Teaching Advancement, Ken Bartlett’s vision of the world is a “classroom without walls, a universe of human interaction built on the extension of knowledge.”