John McLoughlin   2011 University Teaching Scholar Award Recipient

John McLoughlin, a professor of mathematics education with a cross appointment to mathematics and statistics, has been named a recipient of the University Teaching Scholar. The honour recognizes his ongoing commitment to teaching and learning. John received the Allan P Stuart Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008.

John McLoughlin's engagement in the field of teaching and learning extends over 25 years. Since joining UNB in 2002, John's teaching has gone beyond the campus to include mathematics education courses with teachers in Bhutan and Trinidad and Tobago. This is significant in that one aspect of John's project proposal focuses attention on the international experiences associated with UNB's Bachelor of Education program offerings in Trinidad and Tobago. Specifically the effect of the mathematics education courses on the teaching practices of teachers will be examined. Further, the project will address perceptions of mathematics, especially the impact of the experiences of students here at UNB and in Trinidad who identified mathematical anxiety at the outset of their studies.

Quoting from the teaching statement accompanying John's proposal: "Essentially I feel that teaching is at the heart of what I do as a university professor. These past several years have brought increased attention in my work to the matter of biography. Each of my classes begins with an autobiographical piece of writing. This written exchange completed by my written comments becomes the foundation for subsequent communication. It is more than that as it acknowledges the importance of human experience in teaching and learning. I have learned so much from my students through these sketches. " This connects with the part of the project directed at learning more from the stories of outstanding teachers in the UNB community, with an intent of bringing focused attention to teaching in the university community.

John has presented and published in various areas of teaching and learning ranging from the integration of student biography into teaching to the role of confusion in the learning process, along with extensive publications in mathematical problem solving. John is a co-editor of Education Notes, a feature within the Canadian Mathematical Society's Notes. He is also a reviewer for the Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Shirley Cleave

Associate Vice-President Academic (Learning Environment)