Jun 16, 2015

Vancouver, BC – Langara College would like to congratulate Recreation Instructor, Steve Musson on receiving the 2015 College Sector Educator Award from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

The national award recognizes exceptional teachers who have made a quality effort to promote and support the development of their peers with regard to teaching excellence.

Musson has been a valued member of the Recreation Studies Department for 20 years and although an individual award, Musson is very quick to say that this is an award recognizing the Department.

“Good teachers need other good teachers in order to flourish. This award recognizes the efforts of all Recreation Studies instructors and our efforts to constantly improve and evolve our teaching approaches to benefit our students,“ Musson said.

“I also want to acknowledge the leadership of our Dean, Leelah Dawson. She has been very supportive of our Department, and as a result I have been (even) more motivated to take my teaching to the next level,” noted Musson.

Due to retire from Langara College in June, Musson’s award is timely recognition of the positive impact that he has had on his students, colleagues, and wider college community.

Musson’s colleague Joanne Edey-Nicoll commented, “Steve is intentional in his teaching and differentiates himself from other faculty by giving selflessly to support his peers to explore how they can become their ‘better selves’ in teaching.”

“Both in his classroom and on on-line, Steve demonstrates his belief that teaching must be engaging, inspiring and thought provoking. He blazes new trails for himself, his students, and his colleagues by using technology as a teaching tool,” noted Edey-Nicoll.

The award also acknowledges the positive work and commitment happening at the College to improve teaching. Learning and teaching are key priorities in Langara College’s Academic Plan, and this award shows how our instructors are collaborating and growing together to produce extraordinary results for their students.

Musson will be presented the award at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education annual conference, co-hosted by the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University from June 16 to 19 in Vancouver.

About the 2015 College Sector Educator Award

A special interest group of the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, the College Sector Educators Community (CSEC) is a group of peers dedicated to quality education across our post-secondary sector. The College Sector Educator Award differentiates itself from other teaching awards by focusing on recognizing those who have made quality efforts to promote and support the development of their peers with regard to teaching excellence. This support can be both one-to-one and one-to-many.

About Langara
Located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, Langara College provides Post-degree, University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara's expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path.

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Wendy Watson
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Langara College
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