Our Profs Are Outstanding!

Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Shoshana Jacobs holding up feathers while teaching on location
U of G prof Shoshana Jacobs has been named one of Ontario's most outstanding teachers

We know our professors are amazing, and this year a U of G prof was named one of Ontario’s most outstanding teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA)!

Prof. Shoshana Jacobs, who teaches within the Department of Integrative Biology and the Department of Management, will receive one of five Teaching Awards for outstanding contributions to improving the quality of higher education from OCUFA.

What sets them apart? OCUFA’s award committee chair said this about Jacobs.

“Shoshanah Jacobs challenges old practices and drives forward a new culture of teaching by creating safe learning environments that allow her students to take risks in a way that fosters their personal growth and professional development.

“She’s a teacher who places diversity and inclusion at the centre of her teaching philosophy and students at the centre of their learning experiences.”

A former polar expedition leader, Jacobs is also an expert in Arctic seabird ecophysiology. You may have even seen Jacobs interviewed on the Discovery Channel!

At U of G, you can find Jacobs teaching courses ranging from business consulting and Arctic biodiversity to invertebrate morphology and ornithology. They have also co-developed and co-taught U of G’s Ideas Congress (ICON) course, a transdisciplinary course that challenges undergraduate students to come up with solutions to important societal problems.

“University teaching presents us with the opportunity to engage with the part of society that wants to learn new things,” said Jacobs, who joined U of G in 2012.

“As professors, it gives us a window into what society needs, and challenges us to devise ways of making lifelong learners of us all. It is a privilege for me to be within a community of passionate and innovative professors who are constantly reflecting on their teaching practice, wanting to hone it and try new things.”

Interested in taking a course with Prof. Jacobs? Apply to the U of G today!

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