Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity Pro­fes­sor Wins Ma­jor Na­tional Teach­ing Award

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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.jes­si­carid­

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Dr. Jes­sica Rid­dell

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