Meet the Remote Teaching Awards Recipients

These professors and instructors showed exceptional dedication, creativity, and compassion as they transformed traditional face-to-face courses into remote teaching environments.


One year ago, the University of Alberta community went remote in response to COVID-19. The transition to remote teaching required extraordinary efforts from all of our professors and instructors and the many people who support them. Some were truly exceptional in what they achieved.

The 2020 COVID-19 Remote Teaching Awards recipients have been leaders throughout this significant adjustment. They stand out for their deep commitment to creating accessible, engaging, and well-organized learning environments during the pandemic. Despite challenges, they built strong relationships with and among their students. They showed remarkable compassion and flexibility—qualities which benefited those they worked with, and which rippled through their teaching and learning communities. 

Congratulations to the highly-deserving recipients of the Remote Teaching Awards:


J. Nelson Amaral

Department of Computing Science

Faculty of Science


Houssem Ben Lazreg

Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

Faculty of Arts


Shereen Hamza

Department of Physiology

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry


Gillian Harvey

Department of Art & Design

Faculty of Arts


Darcy Lindberg

Faculty of Law

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Denise Lo

English Language School

Faculty of Extension


Crystal MacLellan

Department of Physical Therapy

Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine


Mimi Okabe

Department of East Asian Studies

Faculty of Arts


Jennifer Passey

Department of Psychology

Faculty of Arts


Natalie Van Deusen

Departments of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies/History & Classics

Faculty of Arts

The COVID-19 Remote Teaching Awards recognize instructors who have done an exceptional job of transitioning to remote teaching. The U of A’s annual awards for faculty and teaching excellence are currently on a one-year hiatus as they undergo an EDI review.