Teaching Awards Recipients

UBC Okanagan’s Teaching Awards recognize outstanding and innovative faculty who demonstrate their dedication to an important common goal—teaching excellence. We are pleased to recognize several exceptional individuals who embody our academic mission of teaching excellence at the annual UBC Okanagan Teaching Awards Ceremony.

2022 Teaching Award Winners

Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation

Ayman Elnaggar | School of Engineering

With over 30 years of industrial and academic experience, Dr. Ayman Elnaggar has been an innovative problem-solver inside and outside the classroom since he joined UBC Okanagan in 2014. He has led the development of several new initiatives and academic opportunities, including his successful proposal to introduce Fall Reading Week to the UBC community and the School of Engineering Dual-Credit Program

Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation

Bowen Hui | Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science

A well-known mentor, collaborator and leader, Dr. Bowen Hui has championed computational thinking and active learning for learners of all ages. An innovative instructor, Dr. Hui has piloted new techniques in her classroom, including a personalized learning approach, and has been involved in the redesign and creation of several courses as well as provided formal mentorship to more than 50 students.

Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation

Firas Moosvi | Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science

Dr. Firas Moosvi has been a significant driver of teaching and learning innovations, using technology-enabled solutions and personal connections to support and engage his students as partners in learning. Dr. Moosvi is a strong advocate for building a community of teaching and learning, regularly collaborating with colleagues as well as conducting and facilitating more than ten Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects.

Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation

Mehran Shirazi | School of Engineering

Dr. Mehran Shirazi has quickly gained a reputation as a dedicated and supportive educator thanks to his tireless work and advocacy to ensure positive learning experiences for his students, earning several notable teaching accolades, including Thank a Prof and Golden Apple awards as well as the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students Association Appreciation award. He has worked extensively with the CTL and led important campus-wide initiatives, such as the Learning Technology Rovers and Learning Design Interns.

2020 – 2021

Dr. Jordan Stouck, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
Dr. Jannik Eikenaar, School of Engineering

2019 – 2020

Dr. Zoë Soon, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
Dr. Karen Ragoonaden, Okanagan School of Education

2018 – 2019

Dr. Andis Klegeris, IKBSAS 
Dr. Sally Willis-Stewart, School of Health and Exercise Sciences 

2017 – 2018

Dr. Yang Cao, School of Engineering 
Dr. Leyton Schnellert, Faculty of Education 

2016 – 2017

Dr. Ramon Lawrence, IKBSAS 
Dr. Christine Schreyer, IKBSAS 

2015 – 2016

Dr. Mary Ann Murphy, IKBSAS 
Dr. Zach Walsh, IKBSAS 

2014 – 2015

Dr. Ray Taheri (Junior), School of Engineering 
Dr. Stephen Porter (Senior), IKBSAS  

2013 – 2014

Dr. Mina Hoorfar (Junior), School of Engineering
Dr. Susan Crichton (Senior), Faculty of Education

2012 – 2013

Dr. John Wagner (Senior), IKBSAS
Dr. Jonathan Holzman, School of Engineering
Dr. Ilya Parkins, IKBSAS 

2011 – 2012

Dr. Erik Rosolowsky (Junior), IKBSAS
Dr. Paul Davies (Junior), IKBSAS
Dr. Naomi McPherson (Senior), IKBSAS

2010 – 2011

Dr. Carolyn Labun (Senior) , School of Engineering
Dr. Joyce Boon (Senior), IKBSAS

2009 – 2010

Dr. Michael Woodworth, IKBSAS
Dr. Patricia Lasserre, IKBSAS 

2008 – 2009

Dr. Stephen McNeil, IKBSAS
Dr. Maurice Williams, IKBSAS

2007 – 2008

Dr. Jan Cioe, IKBSAS 

2006 – 2007     

Dr. Blair Spearman, IKBSAS 

2020 – 2021

Dr. Karen Ragoonaden, Okanagan School of Education

2019 – 2020

Dr. Ramon Lawrence, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science

2018 – 2019

Dr. Jonathan Holzman, School of Engineering

2017 – 2018

Dr. Stephen McNeil, IKBSAS


This award seeks to recognize exceptional undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants and tutors for their contributions to academic life at UBC’s Okanagan campus. We are proud to recognize this year’s award recipients.

2021 / 2022 Award Recipients

  • Jacqueline Barnett, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Jesse Ghashti, Student Learning Hub
  • Negin Jalili, School of Engineering
  • Cara Johnston, Student Learning Hub
  • Mahmoud Sakr, School of Engineering
  • Megan Schroeder, Student Learning Hub
  • 2022 Teaching Award Ceremony

  • Jacqueline Barnett

  • Mahmoud Sakr

  • Megan Schroeder