Eileen Wood, a professor in Laurier’s Department of Psychology, was named a 2016 3M National Teaching Fellow. Widely regarded as Canada’s highest teaching honour, the award recognizes educational leadership and excellence in university teaching.
“Dr. Wood exemplifies what it means to be a truly great teacher,” said Deborah MacLatchy, Laurier provost and vice-president: academic. “Her work in the field of teaching and learning is exceptional — in her research on the subject, her innovative approaches with students, and her leadership inside and outside of the university.”
The 3M Teaching Fellowship is Canada’s only cross-disciplinary recognition for university educators who have demonstrated leadership in teaching excellence. Wood has dedicated her research to learning across the lifespan, studying how information is acquired in traditional and non-traditional learning environments. She is a leader when it comes to using new technologies in the classroom, using them to promote interactive group work that keeps students actively engaged with course material.
Since joining Laurier more than 25 years ago, Wood has received numerous awards and recognitions for both her teaching and her scholarly work, including being named one of Laurier’s Teaching Fellows in 2014. Laurier is renowned for teaching excellence with faculty members regularly being recognized for their inspirational and innovative approaches to learning.