2018 Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award Winners


Foundational to the Royal Roads Learning and Teaching Model is a strong commitment to educational excellence from dedicated scholar-practitioners. The Kelly Outstanding Teaching Awards, established in 2005 and revised in 2015 to include new categories, recognizes Royal Roads faculty or associate faculty members who are deemed to be representative of outstanding teachers, and who make a positive contribution to the overall health and culture of the university. 

It gives me great pleasure to announce the recipients of the 2018 Kelly Awards.

The recipient of the Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award is Alison Moran. Alison, who is an associate faculty in both the School of Business and School of Environment and Sustainability, impressed the selection committee with her commitment to providing a positive, safe learning environment for her students. Her most “memorable learning experiences have been practical activities and materials presented with humour, analogy, and stories." Alison strives to weave these attributes into her lessons to “ensure that students obtain a positive, hands-on experience with the topics they are learning.”

Yifei Wang is the recipient of the New Teacher Award. Yifei, from the School of Education and Technology, impressed the committee with her ability to nurture students and help them develop individual skills in a meaningful way. Yifei says, “One way that I achieve these goals is to become a listener—listening to students’ voices.”

Hong Fu and Doug Hamilton are recipients of the Team Teaching Award. Hong and Doug, also from the School of Education and Technology, impressed the committee with their commitment “to contribute to a dynamic and engaging learning community despite different languages, cultures, positions and aspirations.”

Cathy and Ed McKenzie have been chosen as recipients of the Outstanding Workshop Facilitation Award. Facilitators in Professional and Continuing Studies, Cathy and Ed impressed the committee with their teaching philosophy that is built on a three-part foundation. This includes: “1) Building community and relationships with diverse people; 2) Having passion and curiosity for the learning moments of every day; and 3) Striving to live and teach with genuine purpose.”

The awards presentation will take place Monday, Oct 15 at 10 a.m. on the Quarterdeck and via Livestream, during Campus Conversation.

The committee would also like to acknowledge all nominees in each category for their superb contributions to teaching at Royal Roads. Members of the committee carefully reviewed all submissions and, without exception, were very impressed with the quality, depth and passionate commitment to teaching evident within each of the nominees’ materials, making the task of the committee very challenging.

Many thanks to Sophia Palahicky (Chair), Carolin Rekar Munro, Carrie Spencer, Maria Anderson (student rep), Mary Bernard, Mickie Noble and Zhenyi Li for serving on this year’s selection committee.

Steve Grundy

VP Academic and Provost