- Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching (2015-2016)
- Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Teaching Award (2016)
Joel Baetz, an Assistant Professor in English Literature, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching. In receiving this award, Prof. Baetz is recognized as an authentic, enthusiastic, and insightful educator and mentor whose carefully considered teaching methodologies engage students as active participants in the process of learning and discovery. The collaborative classroom environments that Prof. Baetz facilitates are lauded for the ways in which they inspire critical analysis, open discussion, and the exploration of different ideas and interpretations. His students also appreciate how Prof. Baetz establishes clear expectations and provides ongoing support to help students meet or exceed those expectations; how he offers valuable and comprehensive feedback on assignments; and how his welcoming presence and numerous contributions continue to foster and enrich the academic and social life of the Durham campus.
In 2016, Prof. Baetz was awarded with an Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Teaching Award, which recognizes educators who excel at unlocking the potential of Ontario’s young people and successfully engaging individuals in the learning experience so as to spark the desire to learn in students. The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance annually presents its teaching awards to professors from each of its member campuses that have been selected by their students as examples of teaching excellence.