Veronika Mogyorody, PhD, 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.
Dr. Veronika Mogyorody is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, and received her Ph.D in Urban and Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY). She is trained as an architect and urban designer, and has worked on projects associated with sustainable building design. She is a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor and has taught courses in the School of Creative Arts, and the Departments of Sociology/Anthropology, Environmental Studies, and Women’s Studies in the areas of architectural history/theory, urban/ environmental planning, and sustainable design.
Dr. Mogyorody has been recognized by the Ontario Association of Architects and the St. Clair Region Society of Architects “for outstanding contributions to the built environment and to the architectural profession” and has been a recipient of The American Institute of Architects Scholastic Award. She is dedicated to the heritage of modern architecture, and has been a member on the Windsor Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee, Community Public Art Advisory Committee, Central Riverfront Technical Advisory Committee and the Urban Design Task Force for the City of Windsor. As the past President of the Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW) she has been a strong promoter of arts and culture in downtown redevelopment.
Dr. Mogyorody is the former Assistant Provost, Academic Architectural Advisor for the University of Windsor and has been involved with the design/construction process for the Health Education Building and the new Medical Education Building, Centre for Engineering Innovation (CEI), Pitt-Ferry building home of the School of Social Work and the new downtown campus of the School of Creative Arts, which includes the re-imagined historic Windsor Armouries and a new building on the former site of the TBQ restaurant. She is one of the founding members of the Conference for Social Research in Organic Agriculture and the First Year Design Team for “Ways of Knowing”.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2017