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Date: July 24, 2000

Two Outstanding Teachers Win 3M Fellowships

Two outstanding UVic teachers are among only 10 Canadian university educators named as this year's 3M Teaching Fellows. Dr. Dave Berry, from UVic's chemistry department, and sociologist Dr. Holly Devor were chosen for their teaching excellence and exceptionally high degree of leadership and commitment to the improvement of university teaching across disciplines. 3M fellowships are considered one of Canada's premier teaching awards.

"I'm thrilled. I'm very pleased. I've worked hard as a teacher for many years and it's wonderful to be recognized at this level," says Devor who is currently acting associate dean of social sciences.

Devor's student ratings have been among the highest in the sociology department for the past 10 years. She has taught nine different courses--five of which she developed herself--in statistics, gender, sexuality and feminist theory, earning high ratings in each course. Her two books, Genderblending: Confronting the Limits of Duality and FTM--Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society, explore shifting perceptions of gender identity. Devor is very active with UVic's Learning and Teaching Centre as a member of its advisory council, a workshop presenter and a guest speaker. She also devised the WebForum, a new software program for the classroom that allows instructors to set up and monitor on-line discussion groups and post course materials. Devor was the recipient of the UVic Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award in 1995.

Berry has been teaching at UVic for 23 years and is also an active volunteer with the Teaching and Learning Centre as a consultant, advisor and presenter. As laboratory supervisor, Berry is responsible for all aspects of inorganic chemistry lab teaching, as well as overall administration of the department's undergraduate lab program and the hiring and training of teaching assistants. He is also a contributor to a recent series of teaching videotapes which have raised the profile of teaching around campus and are widely used as a resource for training at many universities around the world. Berry's many contributions to the teaching profession were recognized with the 1997 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Devor and Berry join 150 Canadians representing 36 different universities who have been recognized by this award since its inception in 1986.
Media contacts:
Dr. Holly Devor (sociology) at (250) 721-7577
Patty Pitts (UVic communications) at (250) 721-7656
Dr. Dave Berry is unavailable at this time.

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