Jen Marchbank’s community activism guides teaching philosophy

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Jen Marchbank’s stellar teaching record has earned the professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies a 2019 SFU Excellence in Teaching Award.

Marchbank considers teaching to be a privilege and wants her students to leave her classroom informed, excited, and enthusiastic to learn more.

“I’ve always been a strong advocate that an academic’s job is to teach, because if we don’t teach, we don’t have students and we don’t have revenue, so there’s no place for us to conduct our research,” she says. “I’m also a strong advocate for putting our most talented teachers in the early classes so that students get a sound grounding across the board.”

One student’s comments sum up the general tenor of responses to Marchbank’s approach to teaching, describing her as “patient, understanding, enthusiastic, accessible—one of the best profs I’ve ever had.”

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