Bridget Cauthery of the Department of Dance receives a University-Wide Teaching Award
As a contract faculty member in AMPD since 2008, Bridget Cauthery teaches in the Department of Dance. She was recognized with a President’s University-Wide Teaching Award in the Contract and Adjunct Faculty category at the Spring Convocation Ceremony. Her nominators praised Cauthery for her imaginative use and command of technology enhanced learning and creative course development. She is a proponent for the use of video both as a teaching aid and as a method for students to submit videos of their original choreography. She has been an invited speaker on effective blended learning strategies to members of AMPD through the school’s lunch and learn sessions and focus groups.
Her investment in evaluating effective e-Learning strategies led her to complete the Teaching Commons’ EduCATE! Education, Curriculum and Teaching Excellence one-year program in 2015-16. She has researched the impact of innovative teaching methods on undergraduate students and will use her findings to inform future iterations of her courses. Her nominators referred to her outstanding ability to engage undergraduate students in their learning (for example, she addresses 250 students in one class each by name). She is a respected mentor and actively promotes the work of her graduate students. Under her leadership, one student writes: “I had the opportunity to benefit from her caring and attentive manner, her skillful maneuvering through a variety of different learning platforms and information sources, and her ability to draw all of these together as a coherent whole in a way which resonated with students’ immediate experiences.”
Cauthery was one of five recognized by the award. They were selected by the Senate Committee on Awards for their imaginative and significant contributions to enhancing the quality of learning for students enrolled at York University. Each of the recipients will receive $3,000. Their names will be engraved on the President’s University-Wide Teaching Awards plaque in Vari Hall.
“We are delighted to recognize this year’s recipients for the innovative teaching practices, creativity and commitment they bring to providing the best possible learning experiences for our students,” said York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton. “We are grateful to these academic leaders in our community not only for their dedication to our students, but also for their vital contributions to creating a culture of teaching and learning excellence that makes York one of Canada’s leading progressive and engaged universities.”
To learn more about the President’s University-Wide Teaching Award and the other four recipients visit YFile.