UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 09 | May
Dynamic teaching earns
faculty Killam awards
Recipients recommended by students and colleagues
A relentlessly entertaining rock-hound is how students
geologist Lori Kennedy, an assistant professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences.
Kennedy is one of 23 faculty members who will receive University
Prizes during Spring Congregation.
Since joining the faculties of Graduate Studies and Science five years ago,
Kennedy has emphasized process-based learning in which she combines
and fieldwork to further understand the process of the shaping of the earth's
"Geology is not just naming rocks," says the 35-year-old New
"It's understanding how the earth works."
After obtaining undergraduate and master's degrees in Geology from the
University of New Brunswick, Kennedy earned a PhD at Texas A & M
"Coming to UBC has been great because it allowed me to
return to Canada
to continue working in one of the best natural laboratories -- the Canadian
She teaches basic and advanced structural geology to undergraduate students
from various geology disciplines. She also co-teaches, with Assoc. Prof. Greg
Dipple, a graduate course in her specialty area -- the role of fluids in the
mechanics of natural rock deformation.
Kennedy co-leads a graduate field trip where students are introduced to the
tectonics, or large-scale structural features caused by
deformation, of southwestern
B.C. The outings satisfy her love of the outdoors and allow
her to work
one-on-one with students.
"I think it's important that students learn the geology of their own backyard,"
she says. "There's also a camaraderie that develops that comes back to the
Kennedy says her students keep her honest and up-to-date scientifically with
their rigorous questioning.
"Structural geologists need to think in 3-D and that can be
difficult for some students," she says. "I love to see students
understand the concept and then push it one step further with their
Killam Teaching Prize winners are selected by their faculties on the basis of
recommendations from students and colleagues. Each winner receives $5,000 from
university endowment sources.
Recipients are distinguished by their creativity, commitment and dynamic
approach to learning.
Other Killam Teaching Prize recipients for 2001 include: Faculty of Applied
Science: Ray Meadowcroft, Metals and Materials Engineering * Faculty
of Agricultural Sciences: Mahesh Upadhyaya, Agroecology * Faculty of
Arts: Siân Echard, English; Harry Edinger,
Eastern and Religious Studies; Alan Richardson, Philosophy; Maureen
Ryan, Fine Arts; Anne Scott, French, Hispanic and Italian Studies
* Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration: Mari-Ann
Linde * Faculty
of Dentistry: Joanne Walton, Oral Health Sciences * Faculty
Ann Anderson, Curriculum Studies; William McKee,
Counselling Psychology, and Special Education * Faculty of
Kozak, Wood Science * Faculty of Graduate Studies: Leonora
School of Community and Regional Planning * Faculty of Law:
Centre for Asian Legal Studies * Faculty of Medicine: Harvey
Gordon Page, Educational Support and Development; Anthony
Physiology * School of Nursing: Sally Thorne * Faculty of
Sciences: Lynda Eccott, Pharmacy Practice * Faculty of
Ellis, Botany; Kurt Grimm, Earth and Ocean Sciences;