EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARDS
wins humanities teaching award
Dr. Jan Zwicky knows how to make an impression. The
philosophy professor has delighted readers with her poetry, challenged
philosophers with her ideas, and now shes affecting students
with her teaching. She is the recipient of the 2002 Excellence in
Teaching Award for the faculty of humanities.
Since arriving at UVic in 1996, Zwicky has taught courses
on ancient Greek philosophy and environmental philosophy among others,
and has served as an undergraduate and honours advisor. Shes
known for her passionate approach to teaching, and for her willingness
to help students reach their greatest potential.
Jan spends uncommonly long hours in her office
meeting with students, says Dr. James Young, chair of the
philosophy department, who has known Zwicky for 20 years. Shes
a gifted teacher with an amazing ability to inspire students to
think critically, logically and for themselves about a range of
philosophical questions. She wants everyone to think as clearly
and critically as she does.
Zwicky, who is currently on study leave, continues
to explore her own potential. Her book, Songs for Relinquishing
the Earth, was awarded the Governor Generals Award for poetry
in 1999, and she continues to play the violin at a professional
level. To top this off, she is considered by some to be the most
original philosopher currently working in Canada.
Theres a reasonable chance that people
will be reading her work a century from now, says Young. This
is something that one says about only a very small number of philosophers.
In the meantime, Im certain that shes making a huge
contribution to the lives of her students right now.