Well-liked lecturer awarded UC’s Teaching Medal for 2018

Professor Jon Harding has won the prestigious University of Canterbury Teaching Medal for 2018.

A student favourite, he has also been nominated by you for the UCSA Lecturer of the Year Award seven times.

Dr Michelle Greenwood, one of his former doctoral students is now a freshwater ecologist working for the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and reflects on Jon’s teaching style.

“His engaging teaching style, which couples intriguing anecdotes with theoretical concepts, makes lectures exciting and the key messages clear and easy to recall.”

Professor Harding has been a lecturer, first in UC’s Zoology department and then the School of Biological Sciences, for 18 years. His specialist teaching areas include freshwater biology, entomology and invasive species biosecurity.

Assistant Vice-Chancellor Professor Catherine Moran, who is the Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee that recommends a winner to UC Council, said “as a student he was one of those who sat quietly in the class trying to avoid being asked questions. Jon knows those students, and what they are going through. So he makes a concerted effort to engage with them. He wants to know if his students are learning, and it shows.”

UC Chancellor Dr John Wood said “the Teaching Medal has been awarded only 10 times before, and Professor Harding is an outstanding medal nominee.”

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