Although some of them haven’t been long out of the classroom, three Ivey Pre-Business lecturers have already earned top marks for teaching and were among the four honourees presented with Western’s University Students’ Council Teaching Awards of Excellence for 2011-2012.
Sean Burkett, HBA ’09, a Business 1220 Lecturer, Eli Gladstone, HBA ’10, a Business 2257 Lecturer, and Julie Gosse, HBA ’03, MBA ’11, who teaches both Business 1220 and 2257, received the teaching awards along with Lars Konermann from Western’s Department of Chemistry. The awards were presented on April 2 at a ceremony in London Hall to recognize innovative teaching methods and techniques in undergraduate teaching. In addition, Gosse was recognized with the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance’s Teaching Award of Excellence, which was presented at a ceremony in Toronto on April 4.
“I am deeply honoured to be recognized for these awards. Some of my own exemplar HBA and MBA professors have also been recipients in past years; to be acknowledged alongside them for teaching excellence is truly a career milestone,” said Gosse. “I am wholly committed to making the classroom a vibrant and enriching learning environment and am thrilled to know that my passion for that has reached my students.”
Burkett said he was particularly surprised to receive his award in only his second year of teaching.
“Just six years ago, I was in the (Pre-Business) course and I idolized my instructor. To now be the instructor of that course and to have that kind of validation is incredible,” he said. “It confirmed for me that I want to stay in teaching.”
Gladstone also said the award helped to reassure him that he’s found his calling with teaching.
“Having your students validate you as a teacher is so meaningful,” he said. “Seeing what your students bring to the table each day is meaningful enough and then to have them give me this in return really resonates with me.”
Photo above: Julie Gosse
Photo below: Eli Gladstone and Sean Burkett