Saskatchewan Polytechnic recently recognized and honoured four of its faculty members for their outstanding efforts and dedication to teaching, including two professors from Moose Jaw.
During its recent convocation, the educational institute gave a Faculty Award for Excellence to Brett Watson and Brett Shiers. Watson teaches civil engineering technologies, while Shiers teaches business information systems.
“Recipients of the award provided supportive learning environments, inspired success in skill development and utilized the latest technologies to enhance learning and embody Sask Polytech’s core values,” the school said.
Watson is a professional engineer with a doctorate-level degree who displays professionalism through his dedication to education and engineering. He provides excellent instruction to enhance student learning, prepares students for the workforce and has built long-lasting relationships with industry.
Watson’s field camps for students are often a highlight of the academic year, taking place at the Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research Centre, where industry experts are invited to collaborate with students to help achieve learning outcomes, Sask Polytech said.
Watson’s colleagues describe him as dependable, accountable, responsive and a real team player. His passion for engineering is contagious, and students graduate from the program excited to start their careers in the engineering field.
Shiers provides excellent instruction during his courses and reinforces coding knowledge and skills by sharing multiple ways to solve problems while pointing out the strengths and weaknesses in different coding approaches. He provides students with Zoom recordings of lectures, textbook resources for additional reference and flexible due dates to complete projects since he understands that students absorb information differently and learn on their own time.
Shiers is always helpful, positive and respectful of students and colleagues, Sask Polytech said. His quiet and unassuming demeanour makes students feel comfortable approaching him, while his mastery of the subject matter ensures they receive the best possible education when they do.
“Saskatchewan Polytechnic is recognized for its expertise in applied education and applied research, ensuring our graduates receive the education and hands-on learning opportunities they require to succeed in their jobs,” said Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech president and CEO.
“This success is due to the dedication of our faculty, who teach our students essential practical skills and knowledge and demonstrate how to be innovative contributors to Saskatchewan’s economic and social development. Thank you for helping inspire success in every learning journey.”