Professor Terje Haukaas receives UBC’s highest teaching honour

Friday, April 21, 2017 | By Lindsay Cashin

Civil engineering professor Terje Haukaas has been selected to receive the 2016/2017 Killam Teaching Prize.

Professor Haukaas teaches courses mainly on structural analysis and structural safety, which include a large, core undergraduate course and a number of in-demand electives at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

His excellence in classroom teaching has been widely recognized by students, who consistently acknowledge him with some of the highest teaching evaluations in the faculty. His students show great appreciation for his ability to clearly communicate complex subject matter while maintaining a collegial, humorous classroom, and for teaching innovations such as his student-facing website,

Dr. Haukaas has also made significant contributions to the graduate student experience through his role of Associate Head for Graduate Students and Programs. He has been a faculty member at UBC Civil Engineering since 2003.

Professor Haukaas will be honoured, along with the other Killam Teaching Prize-winners, during the May 31 convocation ceremony.

The highest teaching distinction at UBC, the UBC Killam Teaching Prizes are awarded annually from the Killam Endowment Fund to faculty nominated by students, colleagues, and alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching.

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