David Dunne (2005)

DunneAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Toronto.

Citation: In a relatively short period of time, David Dunne has managed to build bridges and lead initiatives that are remarkable and transformative. The ground-breaking student agency project is one example where students translate theory into practice by producing ads for clients, including the Salvation Army and the Alzheimer Society. Students work with the Ontario College of Art and Design as well as with industry leaders — an integrative experience that has students lining up for more.

Students consistently remark on David’s professionalism and the numerous ways in which he engages them. They also note his care and “respect for their time.” David’s numerous teaching excellence awards and curricular accomplishments are not only setting new standards in his faculty, but he is also the first one there to help his peers. His innovations extend to future faculty (a new course for Ph.D students to help them teach) as well as to his colleagues (co-founding the Teaching Effectiveness Centre).

David’s creative energies are valued beyond his institution and recognized in peer- reviewed publications including the Harvard Business Review , and, more recently, the STLHE Green Guide “Teaching With Cases,” which he co-authored with Kim Brooks.

David consistently demonstrates concrete ways of student-centered learning and contributing to the scholarship of teaching.