U of S professor of accounting Fred Phillips has received the 3M National Teaching Fellowship-the highest teaching honour in Canada.
"When I found out about the fellowship, it was just a feeling of ‘wow'," said Phillips, who was surprised by the news. "It is truly special to be joining so many other wonderful educators. I don't feel like I belong in their company."
But his track record of teaching awards suggests he certainly does belong to this group. Phillips joined the U of S in 1996 and quickly made his mark by earning teaching awards in his first year, and every year after, including college-specific awards, university-wide awards and student-selected awards. He received the university's highest teaching honour, the Master Teacher Award, in 2005-06, becoming one of the youngest recipients ever. More recently, he was selected as the inaugural winner of the Provost's Award for Outstanding Innovation in Learning in 2010.
3M Canada and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education selected Phillips based on his excellence in teaching, mentorship and research in the area of teaching and learning. Across Canada, only 10 teachers receive this award each year.