Zoologist Canada's professor of the year
He creates excitement for learning: vice-president
Zoology prof. Lee Gass's reputation as one of Canada's foremost
university educators has advanced even further with the Council
for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) naming him the top
Canadian Professor of the Year.
Gass was unanimously chosen from among 16 nominees from Canadian
The award recognizes Gass's dedication to undergraduate teaching
and service to the university, community, and teaching profession.
"This is a great honour for Lee and wonderful news for UBC," says
vice-president, Academic, Barry McBride. "Lee has and will continue
to create an excitement for learning that is infectious."
A faculty member since 1974, Gass was a member of the Science One
planning team and is the current director of the Integrated Sciences
Program, as well as a teacher in both the Coordinated Sciences and
Integrated Sciences programs. He has also maintained an active research
career, but closed his lab two years ago in order to devote the
remainder of his career to teaching and faculty development.
Gass received a University Killam Teaching Prize and a 3M Teaching
Fellowship in 1999.
The CASE award is sponsored by the Royal Bank.