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Fred Pulfer Wins CUPE Teaching Award

Fred PulferFred Pulfer, a professor with Trent University's School of Education and Professional Learning and the Mathematics Department, is the fifth winner of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 3908-1 Teaching Award.

The Award, which recognizes part-time teachers' outstanding contributions and deep commitment to teaching and learning at Trent, was presented at the CUPE Local's Annual General Meeting on October 25, 2005.

Prof. Pulfer teaches at both Durham and Peterborough campuses, and said he was, "delighted to even be nominated for this award."

He finds teaching at Trent "a great experience" and thanked all of his colleagues, staff and students for creating a "positive work atmosphere" and helping to shape his courses over the years.

The Teaching Award is valued at $600. Any member of the Trent University part-time faculty can be nominated by their colleagues, students or support staff to receive this annual award.

This year, over 40 members of CUPE 3908-1 were nominated for the award. Prof. Pulfer was selected unanimously by a committee of representatives from CUPE 3908-1 and three student associations – the Trent Central Students Association, the Julian Blackburn College Students Association and the Graduate Students Association.

Prof. Pulfer received nominations from several students in his courses, with each clearly demonstrating he is a widely respected teacher who shows exemplary concern for students. Fred's work in the classroom has been described as "inspirational," "amazing," "excellent," "fantastic" and "outstanding."

Prof. Pulfer has taught in the Mathematics Department for the past five years, and has also worked in the School of Education and Professional Development since 2003. He holds Mathematics degrees from Queens University (BA) and University of Toronto (MSc), and a Masters in Education from University of Toronto.

He has been an active member of the Mathematics teaching community, serving on the Executive board of the Ontario Association for Mathematics Education and producing its monthly newsletter.

When not in the classroom, Prof. Pulfer can be found playing softball, cycling with the "Biker Dudes" and honing his bridge-playing skills.

Previous winners of the CUPE 3908-1 Teaching Award are: Jill Smith (2001), Jim Cosgrave (2002), Wendy Kelly (2003) and Graham Murphy (2004).

Photo: Fred Pulfer and Mary-Jo Nadeau, chair of the Award Committee

Posted November 1, 2005


































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