Biologist Joffre Mercier to receive the Mathematics & Science Excellence in Teaching Award
Published on May 30 2014
Professor Joffre Mercier will be recognized for his exceptional contributions to teaching at the Faculty’s Convocation ceremony on Friday, June 6th.
Professor Joffre Mercier started teaching at Brock University in 1988. His love for teaching was apparent then and has remained strong throughout his career. His research and teaching is centered on the neurological control of behavior. He was also instrumental in helping to develop Brock’s successful Neuroscience program.
Professor Mercier’s engagement with students is based on the intimate relationship between research and teaching. The two are inextricably bound: how we obtain evidence and how decisions are based upon this evidence. He maintains this theme at undergraduate and graduate levels, from first year Biology for non-science majors to courses for MSc and PhD students. He is passionate and unwavering about the importance of this approach to teaching.
Professor Mercier is popular and highly respected as a teacher and supervisor. Many students have stated that he is extremely dynamic, very knowledgeable about the material and compassionate about his instruction. Comments from course evaluations have included: “Dr. Mercier is an excellent prof! When you make a connection with someone, you want to do well for that person. That is my motivation in this course.” “Give the man an award. Best prof. @ Brock. No comparison.”
Over the past several years, Professor Mercier has committed to several administrative posts including Department Chair, Associate Dean, Acting Dean and now Associate Vice-President, Research. These commitments have in no way altered his desire to be the best teacher he can possibly be. He continues, and in fact demands, to offer undergraduate courses annually, as well as contributing to graduate teaching each summer. In the current year he has supervised four undergraduate and two PhD student theses.
In the true Brock “two sides of the Brain” tradition, Professor Mercier also plays multiple musical instruments and sings in an Irish band that has a strong following in Niagara.
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Dr. Joffre Mercier