Master Teacher Award - Spring 2012
Master Teachers are always teaching and always learning. They are intimately involved in teaching undergraduate students, graduate students, new faculty members, university and civic communities, and the broader world, just as they are active in searching for discoveries and understandings that can be shared with learners.
Barb Phillips is such a Master Teacher.
Her undergraduate students report being engaged by her enthusiasm, clarity, and relevance; her graduate students describe their admiration for her honesty and mentorship; her junior colleagues applaud her generosity and openness; senior university leaders benefit from and appreciate the expertise that she shares with them; the Saskatoon community values the service learning that arises from her innovative courses; and the broader world learns through her award-winning research and media appearances.
Dr. Phillips' educational leadership is evident in numerous ways. In regard to curriculum development, Barb has established two new courses, introduced service learning projects, created workshops for the Master of Professional Accounting and Effective Executive and Business Advisory Services Management Development programs, and created advertising lessons for high school students.
Dr. Phillips also has provided substantial direction as a member of the Edwards Curriculum Integrating Review Committee.
At the university level, Dr. Phillips has contributed to the Gwenna Moss Teaching and Learning Centre Advisory Board, served on the Sylvia Wallace Sessional Teaching Excellence Selection Committee, and taught at workshops in connection with the Canadian Learning Commons Conference, the Youth Granting to Youth Foundation, and the Association of Canadian Archivists Conference. Dr. Phillips has also been an integral member of the Institutional Positioning Project for the university since its inception two years ago.
By themselves, these achievements are outstanding, but knowing that they have not been reached at the expense of other responsibilities is all the more impressive. Dr. Phillips is an accomplished scholar. She has published many times in leading journals; she is an active member of four editorial boards; she has received three tri-council research grants; and she has been the recipient of three international research awards.
Dr. Phillips is more than worthy of the University of Saskatchewan's Master Teacher Award. She is a creative and engaging instructor, a constructive and active contributor, and a thoughtful and supportive colleague.