Billy Strean (2011)

Strean-3MAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Alberta, Physical Education and Recreation.

Citation: Billy Strean is among the first Full Professors to be promoted primarily for excellence in teaching at the University of Alberta. Billy loves the classroom. It is his canvas as a creative artist and his playground in which life lessons are learned. Billy’s courses are full of novel approaches to encouraging learning.

He has won several major teaching awards, including the Rutherford Award for Excellence and the Chancellor’s Award (Illinois). “By showing up as your authentic self and sharing yourself and your real life,” one student speaks for hundreds, “you made it easier for us to open up who we really are.” “You’re just amazing.”

Colleagues are deeply grateful, too, for Billy Strean’s dedication to campus-wide teaching enhancement: “He is always busy, but remarkably he finds time . . . to mentor all of us.” Fiercely involved with transforming departments, Billy presses every student to become a critical thinker and an exhilarated learner.

3M Speaker
Discipline of Study / Research Field: Sport/Exercise/Performance & Positive Psychology

Presentation Topic/s:

  • Feel Great. Work Great. Be Great: The Exhilarated Workplace™
  • Exhilarated Teaching/Exhilarated Learning
  • Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning: Avoiding Commodification and Acclaiming Compassion

wstrean@ualberta.ca