Victoria College math professor honored with Distinguished Teaching Award

Pictured, from left, are Jennifer Yancey, vice president of College Advancement & External Affairs; Catherine McHaney, VC Board of Trustees member; Diana Pagel, math professor, and Dr. Ruth Constant, VC Foundation president.

Victoria College math professor Diana Pagel was recognized by her faculty peers with the 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award. The award was presented during Spring 2013 Commencement exercises.

The Distinguished Teaching Award honors excellence, promotes effective teaching and recognizes exceptional faculty for their contributions to student learning through classroom teaching.

Babette Lowe, dean of Academic Foundations and associate professor of mathematics, said Pagel is an outstanding math instructor.

“She definitely sets high academic standards for her students, and, at the same time, opens her door to ensure that they have the tools to meet her expectations,” Lowe said. “Diana’s dedication to her profession, her work ethic and her obvious desire to help students succeed make her this year’s ideal recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award.”

Pagel, who has taught math at Victoria College since 1992, said she was honored to be among the five other VC instructors nominated for the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Many of my students are grateful for the respect and encouragement that I share with them in the classroom and during tutoring sessions,” she said. “I never give up on them. I expect them to succeed and I offer my students many opportunities to learn concepts, practice skills and succeed in their mathematics courses.”

Award nominees are judged on items such as resumes, student evaluations and letters of recommendation from students, faculty members and others.


Published: Thursday, 16 May 2013

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