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Brent E. Faught describes his teaching style as that of a helper. He strives to make concepts and theory obvious, not ambiguous; his classroom inviting, not intimidating; and his lectures challenging without compromising the self-esteem of his audience.
But most of all he wants learning to be fun and fulfilling for his students.
The Ontario Confederation of Faculty Associations (OCUFA) recently recognized the 47-year old professor of epidemiology and chair of Brock’s Department of Community Health Sciences with a teaching award for his work with students.
When asked about the significance of the award for him personally, Faught comments that the recognition shines a spotlight on the importance of teaching at the University.
“I think it’s great for Brock,” he says. “In today’s day and age with all the competition that Ontario universities have in attracting the top students, I think it’s just another feather in the university’s cap. If it draws some attention to our institution in terms of attracting more quality students in the future, then that’s a great thing.”
Faught, who’s been working at Brock since 1992, has received several internal awards for his teaching over the years, including the Chancellor’s Chair for Teaching Excellence (2012-15); the Don Ursino Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Large Classes (2011); the Brock University Award for Distinguished Teaching (2010); and the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010).
One of his former students notes: “Dr. Faught’s teaching can be summarized with two distinctive observations, it is student-centered and it is catered to build self-efficacy in his students; both of which are intentional.”