Master Teacher Award - Spring 1992
Professor Bell was first associated with the University of Saskatchewan as an Assistant Professor with term during the 1977-78 academic year. She was tenured in the Department of Art and Art History in 1982. She received her Doctoral Degree from the University of East Anglia, England in 1988 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991.
Since her initial appointment, Dr. Bell has established herself as an exceptional historian, scholar and extraordinary teacher with a national profile in the Canadian art community. She has made an invaluable contribution to the pedagogy of art history at the university through the introduction of feminist art historical theory and practice into courses offered by the Department. Her innovative research challenges the values and ideas encoded within conventional art history practices that may lead to the exclusion of women from mainstream art history. Her ability to present enormously complex theoretical material in a manner that makes it accessible to a general audience has been widely recognized by her peers at local and national levels. Dr. Bell's interest in the activities of artists, curators and other historians has served to build important links between the University and the broader art community.
As a teacher, she has been described by colleagues and students as a highly informed teacher who readily shares her knowledge with her students, a teacher who captures the imaginations of her students and who stimulates self-directed study. She has the gift of imparting her ideas with infectious enthusiasm. She is an insightful, vibrant and generous educator with a high level of energy and dedication which is imparted in her teaching practice. She takes a continuing interest in the support and intellectual nurturing of her students at the undergraduate and graduate level.