The 3M Awards for Teaching Excellence, established in 1988, are awarded each year to ten university instructors from across Canada, from all disciplines. The selection committee of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education looks for two attributes: excellence in teaching in the candidate's own undergraduate classes, and leadership in improving the quality of teaching and learning in other contexts of higher education outside the candidate's own classes. The two attributes are given equal weight. Most 3M Award winners have already been awarded their university's own campus-wide award for excellence in their own teaching, but all have had equal impact on student learning through their effect on the teaching of colleagues in their university or their profession.
Department of Economics
Since 1973, Beverly Cameron has been a highly successful and valued teacher of undergraduate students in the Department of Economics where she has designed, developed, and taught a variety of courses. Her ability to turn students in large lectures into active participants in their own learning indicates her truly outstanding ability as a teacher. As a result, she receives outstanding teaching evaluations from students and is consistently placed among the very best in the Department. Her excellence as a teacher has been formally recognized by her Department through the Department of Economics Teaching Award, and by the University, through the University of Manitoba Merit Award for Teaching.
Her interest in recent years has been in how to improve teaching in the Department of Economics as a whole. As a member of the Teaching Committee for the past decade, she has researched, designed and conducted courses and workshops in lecturing and communications for university faculty members, teaching assistants and other instructors in adult and higher education. She has also been a counselor and resource person in teaching skills, methods and course design.
Beverly's publications have a pedagogical thrust as well. She has written study guides and co-authored a widely-used introductory economics text in which her contribution was the application of effective thinking skills to economic theory. She wrote (1996) Going to University: A Guide for Students in Grades 9 Through 12. This book helps parents and students select a university and program and helps students prepare to make the transition to university. In 1998 she wrote Green guide No.2 for the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The Green Guide is titled Active Learning.
The Directorship of University 1 involves administering the University 1 Student Help Centre, working with advisors and other units to plan and implement student programs, producing publications for U1 students, public relations work in the community, and assisting Enrollment Services recruit students. The 099.111, Introduction to University, course is also administered through U1.
Department of Economics
Norman Cameron is an innovative teacher who consistently ranks among the top teachers in the department, based on student evaluations. His teaching is also held in very high esteem by his colleagues. He possesses the quintessential qualities of an outstanding teacher: an excellent understanding of his subject, enthusiasm for important recent developments and debates, outstanding communication skills, and a deep concern for the education of his students. His contributions to teaching have been recognized by a University Teaching Award (the Saunderson Award) and a University Outreach Award during the 1980s.
Norman Cameron’s teaching skills are drawn upon extensively by his department, by other units on campus, by other educational institutions in Canada and by local media and community groups. In the early 1970s, he was chair of the Economics department’s first teaching committee. Almost thirty years later, he continues to be active and effective in the programs of University Teaching Services both as a course and program leader and as one of the members of the Peer Consultant program. He has written and edited an assortment of articles in support of teaching and has been active in curriculum design work well beyond his own courses.