Laurentian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Aaron Langille, Master Lecturer in the School of the Environment within the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture, is the recipient of this year's Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching Award.
The organization, which represents faculty associations across the province, calls Professor Langille an inspiration for his tireless advocacy on behalf of students. His use of cutting-edge technology to improve the student experience is a particular highlight. This leadership and enthusiasm for teaching are what lead to his receipt of not only the Laurentian University Student Choice Teaching Award in 2016, but also the Laurentian University Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2017. He was also an inaugural teaching fellow in technology-enabled learning, while also joining the team at eCampus Ontario as one of their Open Education fellows.
This is not the first time Professor Langille has received recognition for his work. In 2016, he received the annual Laurentian Student's Choice Teacher of the Year Award. His voice is well known to Greater Sudbury listeners in his role as a technology columnist with CBC Radio. His discussions on everything from combatting Zoom fatigue to the viability of the federal COVID-19 app, or even his Mega Man tattoo, are always a hit with listeners.
"This recognition is very well deserved, and Laurentian University is so fortunate to have Dr. Langille as a faculty member. In Dr. Langille's teaching philosophy document, he quotes Bob Solomon, who states, 'To be a good teacher, you have to be part stand-up comic, part door-to-door salesman, part expert, part counselor.' Aaron goes above and beyond each of these aspects of the job, in his use of humour to engage students in complex material, his ability to encourage colleagues to try new technologies, and his advocacy for students in not only their scholastic achievements but also their overall well-being." Dr. Shelley Watson, Professor and Associate Vice-President of Learning and Teaching, Laurentian University