Sandra Bell   2009 University Teaching Scholar Recipient

Dr. Sandra Bell of the Department of Humanities and Languages is an excellent teacher whose abilities within the classroom have been recognized by other teaching awards including the Allan P Stuart Award (2006) and who has been actively involved in the promotion of pedagogical development at the University of New Brunswick

Since joining the Faculty of Arts at UNB Saint John in 2000, Dr Bell has developed and taught 19 different courses (including two graduate level courses, one team-taught course and one travel study course in London), supervised 4 Honours student theses, offered several independent study courses on overload, and served as an examiner on several graduate level theses.

In her classes she has used a variety of pedagogical techniques, unique educational material, and developed specialized assignments to instill in her students a love of literature and develop a deeper understanding of the content of her courses. The impact of her dedication and efforts is evident in her consistently strong results in the student opinion surveys.

Her concern for teaching and the development of pedagogy extends beyond the classroom. She has been the Honours and Majors coordinator of the English discipline, the UNB Saint John representative on the English GAU, the coordinator of the campus Lunch Hour Theatre Group and the Shoestring Theatre Group, the Faculty Advisor for VOX and Falsum (student run literary publications), a member of the Saint John VPETC, and a regular participant in the Student Success Program. She has given guest lectures to high school classes around the region, presented papers on the subject of teaching at regional and national conferences, organized a teaching roundtable discussion at the Atlantic Renaissance Conference (2005) and helped organize the recent AAU Teaching Showcase conference at UNB Saint John (2008). In addition she has been involved in the production and co-editing of Teaching Matters, a regular pedagogical newsletter for the Saint John Campus, participated in (and will soon organize) the campus' Discussions About Teaching workshops, and organized and run various public lectures and Shakespeare Camps through her role as President of the Saint John Shakespeare Society.

With this award Dr. Bell will be able to focus even more time and energy attending and presenting papers at teaching workshops and conferences as well as pursuing the publication of her articles on this topic. Such efforts will benefit her own teaching, and will also allow her to contribute to the broader pedagogical discussions occurring on the Saint John campus ofUNB. In addition she will create a web resource for teachers of
Shakespeare and develop a Study Travel course that would incorporate a trip to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

Shirley Cleave

Associate Vice-President Academic (Learning Environment)