GCAP Chair Wins Prestigious Teaching Award

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Dr. Paul Jerry, GCAP Chair and Program Director; Winner of this year’s Psychologists’ Association of Alberta Excellence in Teaching Psychology award.

Several of Dr. Paul Jerry’s students can be credited for their associate professor’s win of this year’s Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) Excellence in Teaching Psychology award.

As chair and program director, as well as a registered psychologist and associate professor at AU’s Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology (Faculty of Health Disciplines), Paul will officially receive the accolade on May 29.

According to the PAA website, the award is presented to an individual who demonstrates “outstanding teaching of psychology in an Alberta Government approved/authorized institution for post-secondary education.”

Faculty of Health Disciplines dean, Dr. Margaret Edwards, shares Paul’s students’ sentiments.

“Paul has shown tremendous dedication in his role providing exemplary online teaching,” Dean Edwards remarks.

“He has demonstrated particular excellence in utilizing new modalities while helping graduate students navigate successfully through the Master of Counselling program.”

GCAP offers graduate education in counselling and applied psychology for individuals wishing to prepare for roles as either professional counsellors or counselling psychologists.

Paul resides in, teaches from and has a psychology consultancy in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

When asked what style of teaching he attributes to his positive student rapport, he says: “I like to think of students as my future colleagues—that’s what I keep in the back of my mind as we work together.”

PAA Awards are given every two years, however, nominations by students may be submitted at anytime through the organization’s website.