Each year, UBC Okanagan is proud to celebrate outstanding and innovative teaching by honouring exemplary role models who make significant impacts on the culture of teaching and learning on our campus with the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation and the Killam Teaching Prize.
Please join us in congratulating the 2023 teaching award recipients:
Killam Teaching Prize
Peter Arthur | Professor of Teaching | Okanagan School of Education
Dr. Peter Arthur has been a leader in the teaching community since the inception of UBC’s Okanagan campus. An internationally-recognized scholar of teaching and learning in higher education, Dr. Arthur has impacted the lives of countless students and educators through his educational leadership as the Founding Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and his caring and compassionate approach in the classroom.
Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation
Fiona P. Mcdonald | Assistant Professor | Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Dr. Fiona McDonald‘s scholarship and research in anthropology took her around the world before she joined UBC Okanagan in 2018. Since then, she has led innovative projects that have significantly impacted teaching and learning on our campus, including developing and teaching new courses focused on visual anthropology and collaborating closely with other departments and units to combine innovative uses of technology with a learner-based approach to teaching.
Claire Yan | Associate Professor of Teaching | School of Engineering
Since joining UBC Okanagan in 2008, Dr. Claire Yan has strongly impacted the student experience in the School of Engineering and plays an instrumental role in making engineering accessible for current and future generations of scholars. Beyond her invaluable contributions to the school’s engineering curriculum, Dr. Yan’s impacts extend far beyond the classroom through her leadership in developing innovative outreach and bridge programs and creating open education resources.
Peyman Yousefi | Lecturer | School of Engineering
Dr. Peyman Yousefi has made significant impacts on the teaching and learning community since he first joined this campus in 2016 as a PhD student. Now a dedicated engineering educator and faculty member, Dr. Yousefi has earned a strong reputation for educational innovation and teaching excellence through incorporating new technologies in his classroom and ongoing commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Provost Award for Teaching Assistants and Tutors
We are also pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of the Provost Award for Teaching Assistants and Tutors, which recognizes the exemplary contributions of undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants and tutors in their teaching support roles.
- Aneleise Peppard, Student Learning Hub
- Amanda Darbyshire, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
- Moustafa Mansour, School of Engineering
- Zachary Sawchuk, Student Learning Hub
- Dylan Goode, School of Engineering
- Mehrnaz Makuei, School of Engineering
Teaching Excellence Celebration
The campus community is invited to join us to recognize the achievements of UBC Okanagan teachers and mentors and celebrate our community of teaching excellence.
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Time: 4 to 6 pm | Award presentation followed by a reception
Location: UBC Ballroom | UNC 200
To RSVP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations, once again, to the 2023 teaching award recipients.
Provost and Vice-President, Academic
Associate Provost, Academic Programs, Teaching and Learning