SFU Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010
School for the Contemporary Arts
Faculty of Communication, Arts and Technology
Professor DD Kugler received the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award.
A professor of theatre with the School for the Contemporary Arts, he’s at his desk by 6:30 am most days to deal with administrative work so that he’s free to chat with students when they drop in. After hours, he’s often supporting former students by attending their performances, helping them with their writing, or sponsoring their ambitions.
“I have high expectations,” he acknowledges. “But ultimately, the students are kind of honoured by those expectations. They accumulate a sense of fulfilment that they did it—that they can read it, understand it, think about it, talk about it, write about it, and defend it.”
Watch a video of Kugler discussing how he encourages students to step beyond their boundaries: http://blogs.sfu.ca/projects/tlcomm/2011/03/dd-kugler-on-winning-an-excellence-in-teaching-award/