2012 TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award winners announcedAug 31, 2012
Professor Sudheer Gupta and recent PhD recipient Todd Green have been announced as the winners of this year’s TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award. The prestigious award is the highest teaching honour of its kind in SFU’s Beedie School of Business.
Since 1990, Beedie School of Business students, faculty and alumni have nominated teachers from both undergraduate and postgraduate programs for the award. The nominations are then scrutinized by the Teaching Effectiveness Committee, who select the award recipients based on the nominations and testimonials from a sample of the nominee’s former students.
Up to two awards are presented each year to the teachers who exemplify qualities such as engagement, enthusiasm and support in their teaching. Since its creation, 37 different teachers have won the award, and winners are asked to assist the Teaching Effectiveness Committee in choosing the next year’s award winners.
Gupta is an Associate Professor who joined the Beedie School of Business in 2005 and has taught classes in Supply Chain Management, Operations Management and in the Management of Technology MBA program. Gupta was also nominated for the TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009 and 2010.
Todd Green joined the Beedie School of Business in 2008 as a PhD candidate and lecturer and has taught a number of classes in marketing at undergraduate level, including ethical issues in marketing and advertising and sales promotions. This year marks the first time Green has ever been nominated for the award, which arrives shortly after completing his PhD on corporate social responsibility.
Although winners of the award become ineligible for a period of four years, there have been several multiple award winners over the years. George Blazenko, Ed Bukszar, Alain Duncan, Andrew Gemino and Beedie School of Business Dean Dr. Daniel Shapiro are all two-time winners, with Mark Wexler as the only three time winner of the award.
For Green, the award is an added bonus in a summer that has seen him both complete his PhD and secure a position teaching at the University of Stirling, Scotland. “I am honoured to receive this prestigious award and more then a little shocked,” says Green. “The list of previous winners of the TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award includes many teachers who have been a big influence on my career, and I am proud to have my name next to theirs.”