Teaching Excellence

The School of Health Studies is home to award winning educators who are dedicated to creating a vibrant learning environment and ensuring that students are challenged to reach their potential and become the leaders of tomorrow. The faculty members below have been recognized at various levels for their commitment to teaching excellence.


Shauna BurkeShauna Burke, PhD

A versatile and passionate educator, Professor Burke not only teaches, but also learns from her students through constant reflection that inspires and motivates her to improve her teaching strategies. She is a respected researcher in the area of child and youth health, and brings diverse, evidence-informed perspectives to her teaching.


Dan BelliveauDan Belliveau, PhD

An innovator, Professor Belliveau brings unique teaching methods to the classroom to enhance student engagement. His research focuses on the delivery of human anatomy courses and the influence of competition on learning, while his teaching centres around human anatomy, neuroscience/neuroanatomy and cell biology.


Tara MantlerTara Mantler, PhD

Professor Mantler is committed to learning how to teach, just as much as she is to teaching how to learn. Combining these two things is something she credits for her ability to connect with students and share complicated information in meaningful ways. A researcher in the field of health and aging, she brings infectious energy to the classroom.


Aleksandra ZecevicAleksandra Zecevic, PhD

Professor Zecevic defines teaching as "the business of changing lives". Teaching undergraduate students about aging, she focuses on innovations that make gerontology courses personal and relevant, and aligns her research interests with the lessons she shares in the classroom.


Jennifer IrwinJennifer Irwin, PhD

"Give a damn. It matters; it really matters and it's important that students know we care because students are why we're here."

It is that philosophy that makes Professor Irwin, a renowned health researcher, one of Western's most respected teachers.


Ken KirkwoodKen Kirkwood, PhD

Professor Kirkwood bridges the worlds of philosophy and health in his teaching about the ethics of health. With research that focuses on the moral understanding of things humans put in their bodies, he makes the connection between the human mind and body and inspires students to think critically about issues.