Volume 12, Number 11 February 4, 2005

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Teaching of large classes recognized

EDMONTON – Maria Klawe, dean of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and a painter, is using her artistic ability in a unique way – to help recognize instructors at her alma mater who excel at teaching in the lecture theatre.

Klawe made a $20,000 gift to the University of Alberta last year to establish the Kathleen W. Klawe Prize for Excellence in Teaching of Large Classes. It endows a $1,000 prize that will alternate yearly between the arts and sciences. The prize is named for Klawe’s mother, a U of A economics professor in the 1960s and ’70s.

“As dean of science at UBC, I was involved in the selection of the winners of teaching awards,” said Klawe in a U of A news release. She noticed that people teaching large classes “were seldom nominated. This seemed unfortunate to me as it’s much more challenging to do a great job of teaching 200 students than 30 to 50 students.”

Now, to promote the prize and increase the size of the endowment, Klawe is offering one of her own paintings to anyone who makes a contribution of $1,500 or more to the fund. Klawe produces 30-50 paintings a year. Sales of her artwork have raised about $15,000 for student scholarship in her father’s name at UBC.


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