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Andre G. Buret

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2008/02/11 - 4:09pm.
  • Faculty: Science
  • Department: Biological Sciences
  • Position: Professor
  • Email: aburet@ucalgary.ca

Teaching Awards

Additional Awards

Unit Teaching Award (awarded to A.Buret, M.Belosevic, and A. Shostak for collaborative teaching excellence in a distance education course, "Principles of Parasitism"), University of Alberta, 2001

Nominee: President's Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Calgary, 2000 and 2001

Great teachers involve their students meaningfully in the course. How do you engage your students?

To be a teacher is a privilege, not just a "job". With this recognition comes the responsibility to address and respect what students need to become successful professionals and good citizens.

A teacher is in a position to have a great impact on students' lives, and this responsibility should never be forgotten. The means to engage students and be effective in teaching are many, and depend on personality, class sizes, infrastructural support, academic level, and other factors. I have been fortunate enough to teach at all academic levels of today's society, from grade 1 elementary school all the way to the post-doctoral level. I applied my teaching philosophy in all instances. This philosophy includes respect, enthusiasm, and challenge.

Today, these principles still apply in my lectures at University, whether I lecture in my live video-conference course on Parasitism, shared between the UofA and the UofC, or in a large classroom with more than 300 students. My efforts aim at challenging the students to become inquisitive and critical of published information, at making them "understand" rather than "learn" a concept. I also appreciate the importance of good preparation and organization, and the benefits of using humour ... especially when it relates to my funny accent. I will have succeeded at making "a difference" if a student ever draws from my teaching, in any of their subsequent professional or personal endeavours.