Your 2007-08 Prof All-Star Team!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Craig Simpson, History
First-year courses: History 027E â€" Canada, the United States and Mexico: Comparative History of the North American Nations
A former recipient of the University Students’ Council Award of Excellence for Undergraduate Teaching, Simpson is extremely passionate about his subject matter, particularly US history. He involves and immerses students in lecture and is very experienced. He alone makes students thankful to be history majors â€" at least as thankful as they can be in the history department.

Michael “Dr. Mike” Atkinson, Psychology
First-year courses: Psychology 020 â€" Introduction to Psychology
Despite teaching Psychology 020 â€" “Super Psych” â€" in a classroom filled with hundreds of students, Dr. Mike still makes the effort to be available to each one of his students. He responds to every email with an in-depth answer, presents media-heavy lectures that keep the subject matter interesting and even has a question-and-answer box at the front of the class, allowing students to quiz him on everything from the anatomy of the brain to his ever-present Bermuda shorts.

Tim Blackmore, Media, Information and Technoculture
First-year courses: MIT 025 â€" Media in Society
There’s a reason why there is a Facebook group composed of Blackmore fans. In addition to being incredibly accessible (he often encourages students to drop by his office just to chat), he also sends out friendly emails during stressful times (midterm exams, essay deadlines, etc.) encouraging students to take a deep breath and stop panicking.

Joanna Quinn, Political Science
Quinn will rub some people the wrong way with her strict essay policies, but she is always fair and ultimately pushes you to be a better student. She has a warm and quirky sense of humour, which often enters her lectures in the form of random tangents. She is deeply passionate about her research work, and shares anecdotes from her travels around the world to brighten lectures and illuminate material.

David Bentley, English
First-year courses: English 022E â€" Advanced Introduction to Literature and Composition
Whether you intend on pursuing an English major or not, Bentley’s English 022E class is worth taking. While the course work is more rigorous and assignments are graded at a higher standard than other introductory courses, Bentley’s charismatic teaching style allows you to grasp the material more easily and to motivate yourself to do the work needed to succeed in class. In addition to being a great instructor, Bentley is always available in his office for extra consultation.

Chris Viger, Philosophy
First-year courses: Philosophy 021 â€" Reasoning and Critical Thinking
Any course beginning with a Monty Python screening is worth taking, but Viger makes his Critical Thinking course even more enjoyable with his clear teaching, regular hockey talk and entertaining anecdotes. Viger is approachable and always available for help.

Patrick Whippey, Physics
First-year courses: Physics 021 â€" Conceptual Physics for Non-Scientists
Whippey is both energetic and funny. He posts little cartoons every class, and doesn’t care if students don’t laugh. Even though he reminds students of their grandparents, he’s very energetic. He often takes great pleasure in chucking things at the wall to prove non-conservational energy and such. He’s doesn’t mind if students ask an insane number of questions before exams. Be prepared to volunteer to be an atom for a demonstration or two. He wears interesting sweaters and has a British accent, which makes him enjoyable.

Kim Verwaayen, Women’s Studies
First-year courses: Women’s Studies 020E â€" Introduction to Women’s Studies
Verwaayen engages students from the very first lecture, challenging their perceptions about sex and gender and encouraging them to think critically about a range of issues. With exciting lectures on topics such as intersexuality and transexuality, this class is never dull.

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