The Faculty of Science is pleased to announce that Associate Professor, Steve Marsh from the School of Land Use and Environmental Change is this year’s recipient of UFV’s Teaching Excellence Award!
Teaching Excellence 2023: Steven Marsh’s love of climate studies has a trickle-down effect on students
by Anne Russell
A passion for studying the elements led Steven Marsh to his life’s work as a geography professor. Now, generations of students have benefited from the knowledge and skills he shared and are on the frontlines of resource management and academic research in climate-related disciplines.
For his dedication to his profession and influence on students, Marsh is this year’s recipient of the UFV Teaching Excellence award.
As Marsh was growing up, his home in London, Ontario was struck by lightning more than a dozen times, sparking his interest in natural hazards and climatology.
He started teaching geography at UFV 31 years ago and became a full-time professor a few years later in what was then the Geography department and is now the School of Land Use and Environmental Change. He’s seen a lot of changes in students over the years.
“It used to be a challenge to get students to use online resources,” he recalls. “Now it’s a challenge to get them to set foot in the library.”
More of his students today are majoring in environmental studies than geography, a reflection of an increased societal awareness of environmental issues. Through field activities tied to his research and longer study tours, Marsh has taught hands-on research skills to hundreds of students.