Two faculty members of the Faculty of Health Sciences have been recognized with a President's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning.
Felicia Vulcu and Sandeep Raha were among this year's five recipients of the award which recognizes contributions to education through innovation, continued excellence in teaching and enhanced student learning at McMaster University.
Vulcu is an assistant professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences. Her passion, student-focus and innovative teaching has spanned laboratory, lecture and online course formats.
Committed to making learning environments and materials more accessible, inclusive and inquiry-based for students, Vulcu developed a series of "bootcamps" and "need-a-boost" tutorials. These initiatives helped ensure that equivalent learning experiences and resources were available for the academically diverse student population that comprises the Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization program.
Raha, an associate professor of pediatrics, is the co-founder and current director of McMaster Children and Youth University in the City. This children's university program has enhanced community partnerships and learning forums. It is currently deployed in public libraries, community centres and public schools throughout Hamilton.
Raha's passion for multidisciplinary teaching is also reflected in an innovative training program he helped to design and implement. It provides McMaster students with opportunities to gain a working knowledge of curriculum design, community engagement and project management while refining their skills through practical experience in the community.
The other award recipients were Anna Danielova (DeGroote School of Business), Chad Harvey (Faculty of Science) and Konstantinos Apostolou (Faculty of Engineering).
Recipients receive a financial honorarium, as well as membership in McMaster's community of award-winning educators, known as the McMaster Teaching Academy.