Jason Harlow, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Physics has been named as the recipient of a 2021-2022 Faculty of Arts & Science Outstanding Teaching Award.
Jason has been a pillar of the Physics Department's undergraduate program since first being appointed as Lecturer at U of T in 2005. His contributions to curriculum development and teaching innovations, including the redesign of the undergraduate laboratories, have led to the active-learning model now employed in our first-year physics courses.
Jason has undertaken many innovative teaching initiatives over the past 15+ years. Particularly notable was his early adoption of online teaching, starting with the creation of asynchronous videos in 2009, followed by many other pedagogical innovations.
As a leading educator, Jason has had a highly positive impact on the Physics Department, not only through his teaching and service, but also through his contributions to public outreach, the Physics Mentorship Program, TA training, and the informal support he provides to faculty and students. Jason's nomination file demonstrated widespread enthusiasm for his contributions and his achievements as an outstanding teacher.
When asked what this award means to him, Jason said "I’m really thrilled to be recognized with this award. I know a lot of student input was involved in the decision, so it means a lot to me that my students had a positive experience. These students are the reason I’m here! I look forward to continuing to push forward with innovations and teaching developments with my amazing colleagues in the department as we transition to post-COVID."