Kenneth Cramer (2009)

Ken-CramerAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Windsor, Psychology.

Citation: The first words of Ken’s teaching philosophy, “I teach first-year students,” make a proud declaration of his commitment to his several classes of 800-plus students. One student even remarks, “Big classes are beneficial because there is cause for more debate.” Every student’s comments celebrate the sheer force of his persona, his restless energy. But Ken’s effect is not hollow entertainment. “He makes me want to learn. Not a day goes by,” says a former student, “that his teaching and mentorship don’t manifest themselves for me in some positive and constructive way. It has made all the difference in my life.” The word TEACH has become bold-face, capital letters in Ken’s life. His graduate seminars are about psychology, indeed, but they are also about learning, and about learning to teach. Ken has earned several major teaching awards from his University and his Province.

His pedagogical publications, research, workshops, and conference presentations reflect his commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning. In our research-dominated university culture, Ken is a comet, commanding attention, awe, and inspiration. These are not exaggerations, for, as Ken himself says, “In this environmental age, teaching is biodegradable: it’s a job you work yourself out of… .”