We are delighted to announce that Dr. Paul Whissell is the winner of the 2019-2020 Kathleen O’Connell Teaching Excellence Award. This award honours outstanding teaching and recognizes the important contributions made by sessional instructional staff to the teaching mission of New College in its academic programs, interdisciplinary courses, and Writing Centre.
Dr. Paul Whissell is an interdisciplinary academic whose teaching program focuses on science, science communication, and the intersection of science with society. He first began teaching in 2015, shortly after attaining his Ph.D. in Neuroscience. He quickly found a love for the role and the community, both students and faculty. He has since taught over 40 courses in multiple academic units at several universities, including the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. As an instructor, Dr. Whissell has taught cutting-edge content, writing skills, debating strategies, presentation methods, and laboratory techniques to aspiring students from 1st to 4th year.
His work with New College began when he developed the course NEW335H1: Meditation and the Body for the Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health Program (BMPH). The course proved a major success and Dr. Whissell went on to add NEW432H1: Advances in Neuroscience and Mindfulness to the BPMH program. In addition to his work with BPMH, Dr. Whissell is also proud to be part of the foundational New One program, where he teaches NEW106H1: Science, Health and Social Justice and NEW116H1: Science and Global Threats. Outside of New College, Dr. Whissell is also a major part of the University’s Psychology Department, where he regularly teaches Introductory Psychology, Behavioural Genetics and Cognitive Neuroscience courses.
Beyond his work teaching, Dr. Whissell is an active member of mental health support initiatives, community outreach efforts, pedagogical development groups and mentorship programs. He is honoured to receive this award and is committed to working harder than ever for his students and colleagues.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Whissell on this great achievement!