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Dr. Kirsten Culver wins MSU teaching award

Mar 29, 2017
Guylaine Spencer

Teaching award group shot
 Left to right (above): Dr. Peter Helli, Dr. Kirsten Culver, Professor Tracey Jewiss

 Nursing professor Dr. Kirsten Culver brought home a McMaster Students Union (MSU) Teaching Award at a ceremony this month. Her colleagues Professor Tracey Jewiss and Dr. Peter Helli were also honoured and nominated by students for the annual award. The MSU administers the award, giving students the opportunity to “recognize excellent educators and appreciate their contribution to the McMaster community.”

Culver explains that as a teacher, she strives to help students become active learners in the classroom. “It's wonderful to see them become self-directed, critical thinkers,” she says. “I believe learning is a collaborative process between student and teacher, one that empowers the student to develop a sense of shared responsibility in their education.  This type of collaboration requires a supportive learning environment so that students feel comfortable connecting with me when they need help or guidance. When teaching, I aim to engage and inspire their understanding of the sciences and its importance to their future practice. Students have taught me a lot too. Each student brings their own unique strengths and needs to class.  Good teachers can take advantage of this by applying a student-centered approach that recognizes the ‘person’ in every learner, and I always try to use that philosophy to guide my interactions with students.”

Dr. Pam Baxter, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Nursing Education Programs, congratulates the professors. "I am thrilled that three of our BScN faculty members were nominated for the prestigious MSU Teaching Award and delighted that Kirsten has received it. All of the nominees demonstrate excellence in their practice and it's wonderful when their efforts are formally recognized".  

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