Gary Poole, 2010

Gary Poole is one of the most well known and respected figures in Canadian educational development. In 1992 he became the first director of SFU’s Centre for University Teaching and was at SFU for 12 years before moving down the mountain to UBC. He recently retired as Director of the Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth and the Founding Director of the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the University of British Columbia.

He served for 10 years on the Steering Committee of STLHE, and for four years as our fourth president, during which time it is fair he changed the face of the organization and put it on a much more professional footing, with a permanent secretariat, expanded external partnerships, institutional memberships, and engagement in a comprehensive strategic planning exercise.

His organization of the wonderful annual meetings of educational developers each February in Vancouver led to the establishment of the Educational Developers Caucus which is now such an important part of STLHE. He was also very active in the establishment of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, of which is about to become President.

Gary is an educational leader, writer, award winning teacher (he earned a 3M Teaching Fellowship in 1994), educational broadcaster, sportsman, and fashion model (hence the extraordinary sight of me in a suit).

On a personal note, he was responsible for a gesture that gave me perhaps my greatest pleasure on the occasion of my retirement from Queen’s in 2002—which was the creation of this very award in my name. I am absolutely delighted to recognize Gary Poole as the fifth recipient of the Christopher Knapper Lifetime achievement Award.