USask honours 2024 teaching award winners

Teaching excellence at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) were celebrated on June 18 as part of the USask Staff and Faculty Awards event.

By Darla Read

Twenty-three University of Saskatchewan (USask) faculty and staff members from colleges, schools, and units across campus will be honoured with USask teaching awards later this month.

This includes recipients in the following adjudicated categories: Provost’s Outstanding Teacher Award, Provost’s New Teacher Award, Provost’s Graduate Student Teacher Award, Provost’s Support of Teaching and Learning Award, Sylvia Wallace Sessional Lecturer Award, Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award, as well as the Provost’s College Awards for Outstanding Teaching.

“Congratulations to colleagues, from across the USask community, who are being recognized with 2024 teaching awards for fostering USask learners to be what the world needs,” said Dr. Airini (PhD), USask’s provost and vice-president academic.

“Thank you for the vitally important work you do to support USask’s teaching and learning mission. Our University Plan 2025 includes the bold ambition to be a university that sets the standard for learning. You inspire us all through your innovation in teaching and learning."

On June 18, the USask community celebrated this year’s teaching award winners during the USask Staff and Faculty Awards event. A full list of recipients of USask Staff and Faculty Awards is available online.

The celebration event was held at Marquis Hall Events Centre from 5-8pm on June 18.

The College of Kinesiology is proud to congratulate Shannon Forrester and Paul Gustafson.

Institutional Level Teaching Awards for Excellence

Provost’s Outstanding Teacher Award
Shannon Forrester, Lecturer and USask Sustainability Faculty Fellow, College of Kinesiology

“From a day-to-day perspective, it is student engagement that motivates me. I am passionate about igniting curiosity and fostering a love of learning. As an educator in the field of kinesiology, I have the incredible opportunity to empower students not only as learners, but as advocates for personal and societal health and well-being.  Ultimately, my goal is to contribute to and promote a more sustainable world where health and wellness are accessible to all.”

College-level Teaching Awards for Excellence

Paul Gustafson, Sessional Lecturer, College of Kinesiology

“I am always excited to hear from past students and learn how they continue to reflect on their post-secondary experience and the influence this has had on their professional lives. It inspires me to see them in the community as educators, businesspeople, and professionals. I encourage colleagues and students to be engaged with your learning opportunities, ask questions, listen with an open mind, and enjoy the ride!”