Jonathan Verrett, Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been awarded a Killam Teaching Award for 2021/2022.
Dr. Verrett’s current scholarly work focuses on leadership development, experiential learning, design education, Open Educational Resources (OER), energy generation and use as well as sustainability. He also has many other roles: a supervisor of undergraduate student teams, an active member of the Department curriculum and outreach committees, UBC-V Bauder Chair in Experiential Learning and Leadership, mentor to aspiring instructors and an active contributor to or leader of countless initiatives in service of the engineering community at UBC and beyond.
Dr. Verrett was nominated for the award not only for being an engaging and effective educator but also for upholding student learning, wellbeing and success as his top priorities. He is extremely active in the student community, and routinely supports student work, whether or not their work is attached to the courses that he is instructing.
His nomination for this award was supported by statements from undergraduate and graduate students. In their comments, students expressed their praise of Dr. Verrett’s modern and effective approach to teaching. His carefully designed learning resources, dedicated support and focus on developing problem solving and critical thinking skills are highlighted in many of the statements from students.
The Killam Teaching Prizes are awarded annually to faculty members, nominated by students, colleagues and alumni, in recognition of excellence in teaching. Established university-wide, the prizes are adjudicated within faculties under procedures defined by the faculties and approved by the Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic. To see the other Killam Winners, visit the website of the Office of the Provost & Vice-President Academic.