Dr. Gabriel Potvin, Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been awarded a Killam Teaching Award for 2020/2021.
Gabriel’s current scholarly work focuses on interdisciplinary education, problem-based learning, laboratory-based pedagogy, and student-centric curriculum development. He is also a steadfast advocate of science and engineering outreach and a strong proponent of scientists and engineers getting more involved with the general public to serve as ambassadors to their fields.
In addition to being recognized as an engaging, passionate and dedicated instructor by his students, Gabriel has held educational leadership roles in several programs at UBC, including Academic Essentials, Jump Start, CHBE Vancouver Summer Programs and Vantage College. He has been recognized with multiple awards, from the local to the national level, for his teaching excellence, pedagogical innovations, scholarly contributions, and outreach work, including the 2019 Canadian Engineering Education Association Vanguard award, and the annual CHBE undergraduate council Teaching Excellence award for the last four years.
Gabriel was nominated for the prize not only for being an engaging and effective educator but also because of his positive impact on the Department’s curriculum and the way the programs are delivered. His nomination for this award was supported by statements from over 130 students, both undergraduate and graduate, from multiple departments. In their comments, students expressed their praise of Gabriel’s teaching and support of their learning in and out of the classroom. His dedication to their success, his mentorship and his commitment to building transferrable skills are reflected in the many statements indicating the long-lasting impact his teaching will have on their professional life.
The Killam Teaching Prizes are awarded annually to faculty members, nominated by students, colleagues and alumni, in recognition of excellence in teaching. Established university-wide, the prizes are adjudicated within faculties under procedures defined by the faculties and approved by the Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic.
To see the other Killam Winners, visit the website of the Office of the Provost & Vice-President Academic.