Staff excellence

Duncan Johannessen
Duncan Johannessen, 2016-2017 Winner of the Faculty of Science Award for Staff Excellence

Science recognizes the passion and commitment of its staff by presenting an annual Award for Staff Excellence.

2016-2017 Award for Staff Excellence

Duncan Johannessen, Earth and Ocean Sciences

Duncan has been a Senior Lab Instructor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences since 2006, during which he has led a good portion of the undergraduate laboratory sections, with particular leadership in first-year labs.

In this role he has lead innovations in SEOS’s education program on many fronts:   

  • He pioneered a program whereby senior undergraduates help run the junior undergrad labs under the supervision of TAs, allowing these students to re-enforce their own learning through teaching.     
  • Coordinating a small army of Teaching Assistants, mostly graduate students, Duncan has taken a very proactive role in mentoring these students to be better teachers.     
  • He worked with a faculty member in making a version of an enquiry-based first-year lab for Education students, with many of the activities finding their way into the normal labs.   
  • He has a strong commitment to field-based experiential learning, leading field trips and field courses in SEOS.  His interest in field work has lead to serve on the Editorial Board of a new book published by UVic faculty called “Learning Out There: Critical Reflections on Off-Campus Study Programs”   
  • He is an excellent ambassador for UVic, and helps fulfill our public outreach mandate, co-ordinating demos and displays for IdeaFest, Experience UVic, Science Venture, and Cub Scouts.

Most importantly, Duncan is beloved by our students, who love his infectious enthusiasm for earth science, clear explanations of difficult concepts, and for sharing his personal rock collection!  He is the first point of contact for many students in SEOS, and his love of science and education are a key component to encouraging student success.

Previous winners

Previous winners
2015/2016 Elaine Cumming (Mathematics and Statistics)
2014/2015 Sean Adams (Chemistry)
2013/2014 Kelly Choo (Mathematics and Statistics)
2012/2013 Jody Spence (Earth and Ocean Sciences)
2011/2012 Neil Honkanen (Physics and Astronomy)
2010/2011 Janice Gough (Biology) and David Nelles (School of Earth and Ocean Sciences)