Allison Lewis (2013)

Affiliation at the time of the award: NAIT

Citation: Alison believes that teaching is an act of courage. When you step into a classroom there are many unknown factors, and it takes courage to step away from the known and toward the unknown. But Alison is comforted by a saying that she keeps by her desk: Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

Alison claims to have the perfect job that allows her to support instructors in their instructional practices and work with other leaders on the direction of teaching and academic development at NAIT. Regardless of the job being done, her colleagues state that her “visionary thinking and acting continues to meaningfully support NAIT’s commitment to teaching excellence.” She is recognized to “deftly thread the art and science of teaching throughout her work.” One of the eight principles that guide Alison’s work is that knowledge is developed, not transmitted. Her colleagues support Alison’s stance in this principle by noting that Alison “is always there, brilliantly smiling, joking, and filled with information and education that she presents in a way that convinces us we discovered it on our own.”