Professor Greg Evans (ChemE) has received a 3M National Teaching Fellowship from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The award is Canada’s most prestigious recognition of excellence in educational leadership and teaching at the university or college level.
“One of the things that makes it special for me is that this year three of the winners are in engineering education, which is one of my passions,” says Evans. “I’m very honoured to be in such good company and it’s wonderful to see engineering education gaining profile in Canada.”
Evans’ teaching philosophy involves changing the traditional role of professor from the stereotype he calls “sage on the stage,” toward becoming a “guide on the side.” In class, he encourages his students to generate solutions as a group rather than look to him for the correct answer, and to relate classroom concepts to practical situations.