Vanier College is pleased to announce that Biology teacher Edward Awad is the recipient of a Silver Award for Teaching Excellence from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). The 2015 Awards of Excellence were announced during the closing gala of CICan’s 2015 annual conference in Winnipeg on May 26, 2015. These awards recognize best practices and leadership in colleges and institutes from across Canada.
The awards were handed out in eight different categories: Indigenous Education, Innovation in Applied Research, Internationalization, Leadership, Best Program, Staff, Student Leadership and Teaching.
“Edward Awad is brilliant and visionary artist, who has inspired colleagues with his passion for pedagogical innovation and has transformed Biology courses in the Science Program into a transformative and life-defining experience for thousands of students,” said Eric Lozowy, Vanier College Dean of Science and General Studies.
Edward Awad aims to provide students with the tools they need to succeed in their studies and to grow as individuals and future scientists. Since he has been teaching at Vanier College, Edward Awad has improved the educational experience of students through the use of various innovative pedagogical practices such as active learning, problem-based learning, flipped classrooms, and the integration of research activities into the curriculum.
Over the past decade, the scope of his leadership as an innovator has expanded beyond the Biology Department to the other Science disciplines, then to the entire institution, and, finally, to a larger community of teachers in the college network in Quebec and abroad.
Edward Awad’s impact can be measured by the enthusiastic feedback of students and their academic success at Vanier College and at university. His influence is seen in the physical transformation of classrooms and labs at Vanier College, his publications and papers at conferences, and his participation in an initiative funded by Colleges and Institutes Canada to send a group of teachers to China to conduct training sessions for teachers.