The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association (OCUFA) has selected Paul Gries as one of five winners of the 2011 OCUFA Teaching Award. It is gratifying to see his outstanding teaching record recognized by this Ontario-wide organization, which serves all but one of the universities in Ontario. The OCUFA award is considered the province's most prestigious recognition of teaching.
In addition to receiving strong teaching evaluations year after year, Paul's continuous efforts to improve the undergraduate experience, along with his high school outreach efforts, have significantly improved the experience of our undergraduate students. In the U of T article
about the 2011 award-winners, chair of the OCUFA award selection committee Judith Poe commends Paul, calling him “a master teacher [who] is adored by his students for his passion and commitment” to their learning.
This is a big year for Paul, as this is his second big award: in April, he also received a 2011 U of T President's Teaching Award.