Hannah, Yee named top teachers

Nov 03, 2005, vol. 34, no. 6
By Howard Fluxgold

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David Hannah and Derek Yee have been selected winners of the annual TD Canada Trust distinguished teaching award in the faculty of business administration. The award, established in 1989, is open to tenure-track faculty members, lecturers, sessional instructors or sessional lecturers. The two winners, who each receive a cash prize of $3,000, are chosen by a committee of three faculty members and one student representative. The awards are based on excellence and distinction in teaching and in teaching related activities such as course development and preparation of teaching materials.

Derek Yee
A lecturer in accounting and finance with a long career in the private sector, Yee says, “I use traditional methods when I teach, but I apply the golden rule. I try to deliver a package of content, guidance and support that I would expect my children would receive if they were enrolled in the course.”

He adds, “I view the award as a reflection of how much support I have received from other faculty members who've given me advice on how to teach. The award is very flattering.”

Many students wrote in support of Yee who teaches in the undergraduate program. One said, “He is an excellent instructor and all students who take his course are very lucky.” Yee has a doctorate in physical chemistry from UBC. In addition, he holds the professional designations of chartered financial analyst (CFA) and certified general accountant (CGA).

David Hannah
An assistant professor of business administration, Hannah teaches organizational theory and organization behaviour along with a course on collective bargaining.
He says the award is a “tremendous compliment. There are a lot of good teachers in our faculty so to know that my students and peers think I'm doing something right is very humbling.”

Hannah says his teaching focuses on helping his students “think through problems. They may have to memorize some theories but what I want to do is help them to apply those theories to real world situations.” One of his students wrote in support, “I use skills that I developed in his class every day in my work and personal life.”

Hannah completed his doctorate at the University of Texas and came to SFU in 2001 after a year as a visiting professor at Texas A&M at Austin.

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