Bishop’s University Professor Wins Major National Teaching Award
Dr.Jessica Riddell has earned a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, Canada’s highest teaching honour for university professors. The award recognizes extraordinary contributions to teaching and learning. This is the first time a Bishop’s professor has received this award.
‘‘This honour underlines our core mission, which is to foster teaching excellence and to give our students the best possible learning environment,’’ says Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and ViceChancellor. ‘‘Jessica’s dedication, leadership, passion and creativity have been the hallmarks of her career. We are very proud of her.’’
Dr. Riddell, an Associate professor in the Department of English, is honoured to receive the fellowship. ‘‘I’m thrilled and humbled to join the 3M fellowship. I feel so grateful to the community at Bishop’s - the students, faculty, and staff - who inspire me daily with their hard work, enthusiasm, creativity, and collaborative spirit. Although I am lucky enough to be the first 3M felis the first Bishop’s low at Bishop’s, I University professor to earn a prestigious
3M National Teaching Fellowship. really believe that I am only one of many edumitment to her students cational leaders and exemever since she arrived at plary teachers at our wonBishop’s in 2009,’’ says derful university.’’ Dr. Miles Turnbull, Vice
‘‘Dr. Riddell has demPrincipal Academic. “In onstrated exceptional com- 2012, she was awarded the William and Nancy Turner Award for Teaching Excellence, the most prestigious recognition of teaching excellence at Bishop’s. Her passion for teaching and learning – both inside and outside the classroom – is reflected in the many initiatives she has organized at Bishop’s.’’
Notably, Dr. Riddell is the founder and organizer of a national undergraduate conference called QUEUC (Quebec Universities English Undergraduate Conference), an interdis- ciplinary seminar series called STEP (Students Seeking to Excel Program), Graduating Gaiters (a program that supports incoming student-athletes), and has organized a number of public scholarship events, including a debate series (2010-2014), Shakespeare’s Trial for Fraud (2011-2012) and Queer Subjectivities, MTV style (2012).
In 2011, Dr. Riddell developed a YouTube channel that features videos on how to survive and thrive in university. To date, her website has 80,000 views and 300 subscribers. She is also the head of the organizing committee for Up for Debate, an annual event that explores the power of a liberal education and the future of higher education through collaboration with members of the U4 League (which includes Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison and St. Francis Xavier universities).
Dr. Riddell is a founding member and currently Chair of the Teaching and Learning Centre Initiative (TLCI), a committee whose mission is to support and enhance teaching excellence, educational leadership, and research around teaching and learning.
For more on Dr. Riddell’s teaching philosophy and many educational leadership projects, visit: www.jessicariddell.com
Dr. Jessica Riddell