Maria Pratt wins teaching award
Apr 14, 2022
Dr. Maria Pratt has won this year's McMaster Student Union Teaching Awards for the School of Nursing.
This award is presented each year to one instructor from each of the following: Arts & Science, Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Nursing, Kinesiology and Science. It recognizes outstanding teaching performance of the instructor, including ability to communicate, approachability, and enthusiasm of the instructor as recognized by students registered in their classes.
Dr. Joanna Pierazzo, the assistant dean, undergraduate nursing programs, attended the presentation of the award. “This celebration was such an inspiring event, a time to recognize educators as leaders who truly understand today's learning context. This is an award that is selected by the student body and so, most meaningful. I am pleased to share that Dr. Maria Pratt received this award for BScN. I provided a summary of the many positive student comments about her teaching practice, as well as her quality contributions to undergraduate curricular development and program reviews,” says Pierazzo.
Pratt began her teaching career at McMaster in 2008 as a sessional instructor and she is currently an assistant professor, faculty lead for the BScN accelerated stream, and academic resources lead, school of nursing. “I am very humbled and honoured to be this year’s recipient of the MSU teaching award. I am sincerely grateful to my students for recognizing my passion and love of teaching. They continually inspire and motivate me to improve my teaching practice with their feedback. In my PBL courses, I use multiple teaching approaches to demonstrate how theories and concepts relate to nursing practice. I find that students are motivated to learn when the contexts are meaningful to their practice, and so I always try to facilitate opportunities for students to apply their learning and knowledge,” says Pratt.