Outstanding teaching: Hassan Wafai

Tami Saj

Each year, the Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes a core or associate faculty member who is representative of outstanding teaching at Royal Roads. Leading up to the 2014 award announcement this fall, we will highlight each of the nominees in a special profile on their teaching philosophy. Some nominees have already been profiled and others will be in the coming weeks; you can see all profiles here (updated each week).

Hassan Wafai


“As I am reflecting on my current teaching philosophy and practice, I’ve realized that they are a sum of my experiences as a teacher, researcher, consultant, project manager, engineer and learner…To me, teaching is a responsibility that I love and immensely enjoy.  As an educator, I believe that it is my reasonability to open up the doors to knowledge and critical thinking. As knowledge has no separate existence prior to actors involved, I am responsible to create an environment that fosters communications and dialogues, which results in creating and exchanging knowledge.  My beliefs and values are expressed in my relentless strive to recognize my students as individuals, get to know them better, listen to their concerns, try my best to provide guidance, help, motivation, to be patient and fair, but at the same time not to compromise academic standards.”

Learn more about Hassan.

The Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award is open to all Royal Roads University faculty members who are actively engaged in teaching for-credit courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A call for nominations is sent out each spring to faculty, staff, and students. Learn more about the award and see past recipients.