These awards are in commemoration of Jan Van Krandendonk who joined U of T Physics in 1958. In his 30 years at U of T, Jan was recognized as an outstanding teacher and his lectures inspired generations of graduate students to excel in their own teaching.
The 2019-2020 Recipients are:
"Ever since I voted for my TAs during my undergrad at U of T, I've dreamed of getting this award! It is a great honour to be among the long line of top teachers to have received this award in the past. This award is a testament to the Physics Department's commitment to training the next generation of educators."
"I would like to thank the Department of Physics for selecting me as one of the recipients of the Van Kranendonk awards. Physics was never meant to be difficult, inaccessible, or dull. Teaching physics, especially to those who initially find discomfort when examining the subject, is my passion and I indulge myself in the challenges that it brings. I hope to continue passing on my knowledge effectively and brewing passion for physics like my past teachers did so for me."
"This award is a wonderful recognition of the work TAs put in for our students. The Department of Physics has a lot of fantastic resources to develop teaching skills that help make physics more accessible and I've very much enjoyed learning over the past few years. TAing has been a wonderful experience and I am thrilled to be recognized." "
"Being awarded a Van Kranendonk is a reminder that the work we do as educators is just as worthwhile and important as the work we do as researchers. Knowing that my students benefited from my teaching, and perhaps have improved their relationship with physics, fills me with pride."