TWU assistant education professor Nina Pak Lui (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Two TWU educators celebrated for ‘distinguished’ and ‘innovative’ teaching

A Langley university honours a pair of teachers during virtual grad ceremonies this month

During a pandemic year, teaching well can be extra challenging.

That’s why it is more special than ever that two Trinity Western University professors won the Davis Distinguished Teaching Award and the Provost Innovative Teaching Award.

Nominations were received from students and faculty earlier this year, and the winners were announced at TWU’s virtual graduation ceremony this month.

Chadron M. Friesen, a professor of chemistry, is winner of the 2020 Davis Distinguished Teaching Award.

Friesen was recognized for his “superior” teaching, including the ability to “provide stimulating engagement and enhance transformational growth.”

Friesen has been teaching chemistry at TWU since 2000.

An expert in fluorine chemistry, Friesen was recently recruited for a U.S. Air Force special project to work on aerospace materials.

Friesen was commended for being “creative and flexible, always re-inventing and adapting classroom demonstrations,” said Laurie Matthias, associate provost of teaching and learning.

One of Friesen’s students said of him: “He is one of the most passionate and engaging professors I have encountered during my time at TWU. He explains an abstract concept using relevant and memorable analogies, while also maintaining technical proficiency and abstract understanding.”

Another student said: “He is creative in the way he engages students and forces them to become critical thinkers.”

In the meantime, Nina Pak Lui, assistant professor of education at TWU, won the 2020 Provost Innovative Teaching Award for scholarly experimentation and innovation.

Lui was celebrated for “tirelessly researching, creating, developing, and adapting new methods to improve and enrich student learning.”

Her students said that she is “constantly researching and making changes to her teaching strategy, lecture delivery, assessment, and educational transparency. She’s adopted new ways of teaching and actively searches for the best content and the best way to deliver her content.”

Lui has been teaching at TWU since 2015 in the school of education, where she trains and inspires future teachers.

Lui was commended for her “fresh ideas, passion for and commitment to excellence, and deep and genuine care for students,” said Allyson Jule, the dean of the school of education.

“Lui is passionate about connecting theory and practice. She has been an active and emerging scholar in the field of assessment,” Jule elaborated.

“She connects with other experts in the field through an active social media presence and networking with partner schools and teachers. She has a broad sense of the education community in B.C. and Canada.”

Founded in 1962, Trinity Western University is a Christian liberal arts university. It is a fully accredited research institution offering liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional schools in business, nursing, education, human kinetics, graduate studies, and arts, media, and culture.

It has five campuses and locations, including the primary headquarters on Glover Road in Langley, plus two operations in Richmond, a campus in Ottawa, and another in Bellingham, Wash.

.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: news@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

AwardsGreat TeachersLangleyTrinity Western University

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Nina Pak Lui and Chad Friesen are two TWU teachers who were recognized for their excellence in their professions during this month’s virtual grad ceremonies. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Nina Pak Lui and Chad Friesen are two TWU teachers who were recognized for their excellence in their professions during this month’s virtual grad ceremonies. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Just Posted

Langley Township council passed a tree protection bylaw in 2019, but one resident says the municipality does not do enough to preserve valuable trees. (Black Press Media)
LETTER: The last straw

An Aldergrove resident mourns the loss of 125-year-old Douglas fir tree

The Langley School District has issued COVID-19 notifications for two more schools. (Langley Schools)
Two more Langley schools added to COVID exposure list

District says individuals are isolating at home

Eleven bags of litter along 200th Street was collected by seven volunteers on the weekend. (Jocelyn Titus/Special to The Star)
Seven volunteers pick eleven bags worth of trash along 200th Street in Langley

Jocelyn Titus, founder of Earth Ninjas and Clean Up Aldergrove group held a pick on Sunday

The lease on Hangar 17 at Langley Regional Airport is being disputed in court, as the Township tries to end it and the tenant tries to hold on. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Battle over Langley Airport hangar goes to Court of Appeal

A judge has frozen any eviction until the case is decided

Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson (Office of the Chief Justice)
Judge questions whether B.C.’s top doctor appreciated right to religious freedom

Lawyer for province says Dr. Henry has outlined the reasons for her orders publicly

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

The City of Vancouver estimates there are 3,500 Canada geese in the city right now, and that number is growing. (Bruce Hogarth)
Help tame Vancouver’s Canada goose population by reporting nests: park officials

The city is asking residents to be on the lookout so staff can remove nests or addle eggs

A sample of guns seized at the Pacific Highway border crossing from the U.S. into B.C. in 2014. Guns smuggled from the U.S. are used in criminal activity, often associated with drug gangs. (Canada Border Service Agency)
B.C. moves to seize vehicles transporting illegal firearms

Bill bans sale of imitation or BB guns to young people

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

BC Housing minister David Eby is concerned that Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter will result in a “tent city” similar to this one in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / Black Press file)
‘Disappointed and baffled’ B.C. housing minister warns of tent city in Penticton

Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter could create tent city, says David Eby

Photo: Surrey RCMP
Surrey RCMP arrests two boys, age 16, during dial-a-dope investigation in Whalley

Sergeant Elenore Sturko said one boy is ‘alleged to have been in possession of a loaded handgun at the time of his arrest’

A recently published study out of UBC has found a link between life satisfaction levels and overall health. (Pixabay)
Satisfied with life? It’s likely you’re healthier for it: UBC study

UBC psychologists have found those more satisfied with their life have a 26% reduced risk of dying

A vial of some of the first 500,000 of the two million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada has secured through a deal with the Serum Institute of India in partnership with Verity Pharma at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL
Federal panel recommends 4-month gap between COVID vaccine doses due to limited supply

The recommendation applies to all COVID-19 vaccines currently approved in Canada

A vial of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a family doctor office, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 in Paris. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Christophe Ena
Trudeau ‘optimistic’ that timeline for rollout of COVID vaccines can be accelerated

Canada set to receive more than 6M COVID-19 vaccine dose than initially expected, by end of March

Most Read