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Glendon Professor of Environmental and Health Studies Radu Guiasu Receives President's Award for Teaching Excellence


Professor Radu Guiasu (left) teaches environmental & health studies and is the coordinator of the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies at Glendon. Guiasu is the recipient of the University-Wide Teaching Award (UWTA) in the full-time category for faculty with less than 10 years of teaching experience. Guiasu was also the recipient of the 2009 Glendon Principal's Teaching Excellence Award.

Guiasu’s research interests include ecology, animal behaviour, conservation biology and evolutionary biology in the field, the laboratory, and museum collections, including those housed at the Royal Ontario Museum. He has published 25 scientific articles, of which he is listed as the lead author on 23, and one book, Entropy in Ecology and Ethology (Nova Science Publishers Inc., 2003), which he co-authored with his father, York Professor Emeritus Silviu Guiasu, a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at the Keele campus.

Guiasu was nominated for the UWTA by a group of his students. Omid Fekri, a fourth-year Bachelor of Arts student who will be graduating this spring, organized the nomination process. In their letters, each of his nominators praised Guiasu's ability to make complicated scientific concepts interesting and understandable. Many of the courses Guiasu teaches are for non-science majors. In his letter of nomination, Fekri says: “Professor Guiasu puts a lot of devotion and effort into his teaching, and into the preparation of his course material. He creates an open, welcoming environment that encourages students to utilize a wide variety of learning styles and strategies, and promotes a free exchange of ideas among all his students. I cannot overemphasize his positive influence in my academic performance. I can honestly say that the work ethic that he displays inspires me to strive for similar results.”

Radu Guiasu was one of four professors who received a UWTA this year. Profoundly inspiring, innovative, passionate and enthusiastic are some of the words used to describe the recipients of the annual President’s University-Wide Teaching Awards (UWTA).

Chosen from four categories – full-time faculty with 10 or more years of teaching experience, full-time faculty with less than 10 years of experience, contract & adjunct faculty and teaching assistants – recipients of the awards are selected by the Senate Committee on Awards, receive $3,000, have their names engraved on the President's University-Wide Teaching Award plaques in Vari Hall and are recognized at this spring’s convocation ceremonies.

“These awards demonstrate the value York University attaches to teaching and recognizes those who, through innovation and commitment, have significantly enhanced the quality of learning by York students,” said York President & Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri.

Published on May 26, 2010