- Canadian Association of Geographers’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching, 2008
- Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’s 3M Teaching Fellowship, 2006
- Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association’s Teaching Award, 2006
- Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1999
Twelve years after graduating from Trent University, Dr. Susan Wurtele was awarded the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching, recognizing her outstanding teaching and exemplary concern for Trent students. Prof. Wurtele has been teaching in the Department of Geography since 1994. He research interests focus on themes of feminist and historical-cultural geography in the Canadian context. She teaches a range of courses at Trent, including human geography and courses on urban environments and feminist geographies.
Prof. Wurtele’s classes have been described as dynamic, involving small group seminars, opportunities for field work and alternative assignment structures. In addition to her undergraduate teaching, she is an active member of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies where she is involved with students at both the Master’s and Ph.D. level.
Following her B.Sc. from Trent University, Prof. Wurtele received her Ph.D. from Queen’s University. She continues to work on a research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, tracing Canada’s multicultural policy.