Greg Rodrigo’s job is to help Georgian College teachers become better at what they do. At the same time, that helps create an even better learning environment for Georgian students.
Now, Rodrigo’s dedication to that goal has earned him a prestigious 2013 College Sector Educator Award from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).
The award recognizes individuals at Canadian colleges and equivalent institutions who promote and support the development of their peers and/or the Canadian college sector through teaching excellence.
Rodrigo is a faculty developer with Georgian’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Academic Excellence (CTLAE). The centre serves a leading role in helping teachers expand their skills and discover new ways of working together.
“Staff in the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Academic Excellence are very proud of Greg for receiving this award and recognition. His expertise, innovation, and enthusiasm for teaching and learning influences his faculty colleagues and students and helps them gain skills and confidence for their professional and personal lives,” said Janice Priest, Dean, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Academic Excellence and Liberal Studies. “Through Greg’s leadership, the profile for educational technology in the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Academic Excellence has been advanced both provincially and internationally.”
Rodrigo says that much of his work focuses on creating a sense of community among faculty and others at the college. That sense of community helps everyone perform their job better, feel more at home in the college, and feel more free to share ideas and innovative ways of doing things.
Rodrigo began his Georgian career in 1999 as a faculty member in the Computer Studies department. Previously, he was a secondary school teacher for 13 years. He has worked full-time with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Academic Excellence for the past two years.
“All the work that we do at the CTLAE is geared towards improving the learning environment for the students and that ultimately it’s really all about the students and learning,” he says. “When I talk about community, I am not only talking about faculty. I include in that everyone at Georgian, from the Registrar’s Office to the IT department. And again, the important focus is the students and learning. ”
“There are many many wonderful people at Georgian who inspire the work that I do. I’ve been especially blessed to have worked in two excellent departments: Centre for Teaching, Learning and Academic Excellence, and Computer Studies. I’d like to point out that I’m accepting the award on behalf of the Georgian community.”
The award will be presented during the STLHE conference at Cape Breton University June 20 to 22. Fittingly, the award provides an opportunity for Rodrigo and the other four winners to attend a one-day pre-conference scholarly retreat that will allow them and other outstanding peer leaders to share their experiences and ideas.