Veronika Mogyorody builds on her vast experience and profound commitment to make university environments enticing and functional for both teachers for students. That commitment has won her recognition from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, which named her among its 2016 3M National Teaching Fellows.
In citing her for the honour, the society called Dr. Mogyorody “an educational space-maker.” The title is appropriate for the University of Windsor’s architectural academic advisor, who played a leading role in imagining learning spaces for seven new campus buildings.
“With the ubiquitous presence of various modes of technology, learning isn’t confined to traditional classrooms anymore,” said Mogyorody. “It is an exciting time to be involved in the reimagining of what classrooms can be, and what role those informal spaces just outside the classroom door can play.”
She was also instrumental in the creation the Visual Arts and the Built Environment (VABE) program, a unique international collaboration with the University of Detroit Mercy combining visual arts and architecture. Among previous accolades, she won the society’s Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning in 2015, and a meritorious service award from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in 2012.
UWindsor president Alan Wildeman praised Mogyorody as “absolutely deserving” of the 3M award.
“She has an extraordinary ability to see the student, the classroom, the academic program, and the professor-student relationship as all contributing to the teaching and learning experience,” he said. “It is wonderful to have another UWindsor professor receive national recognition.”
Previous members of the 3M Fellowship among UWindsor faculty include Ken Cramer (psychology), Donna Marie Eansor (Law), Joseph Habowsky (biology), Ralph Johnson (philosophy) and Pat Rogers (education).
Established in 1986, the 3M National Teaching Fellowship is sponsored jointly by 3M Canada and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Fellows receive no tangible rewards, no money or research grants. Instead, they are given a lifetime membership in STLHE and join a vibrant and energetic fellowship of more than 300 dedicated and inspiring leaders and teachers who have helped shape university education in Canada.
Mogyorody will be formally invited to join the fellowship at the society’s annual conference, hosted this year in June by Western University and Fanshawe College in London. Read the full citation on the awards website. See a profile, entitled “University professors who are at the heads of their class,” in the current issue of Macleans magazine.