■大野 正富 特任非常勤講師
■Timothy Phillips 特任非常勤講師
Having received the Teaching Excellence Award in 2010, I was delighted when told that I was to be awarded it again this year. That it would be the first time this had ever happened only added to my pleasure in learning that my students had evaluated me so highly during their 2011 courses. It was the culmination of a productive Academic year at Toyota Technological Institute and one in which I had continued to enjoy the friendly and industrious atmosphere therein. On the day, President Sakaki had rushed from an earlier engagement to give the presentation, and that, together with the presence of other members of the administration, added to the importance of the event. I would like to emphasize just how special that was for me.
As Adjunct Lecturer at TTI, now, I have more time on campus to meet with the students, and guiding them to become fluent users of English is not only what I am employed to do, but also extremely rewarding for me. To be given this Award for achieving the aims of my syllabi, therefore, makes me very happy and I feel truly honoured that both my students and the faculty consider me worthy of it for a second consecutive year. The high standard that Toyota Motor Corporation sets in the Automobile Industry is also true of its University, and, to the best of my ability, I maintain the high educational standard it sets there, too. It is a great responsibility and one that I am proud of having been given, as, indeed, I am of being a staff member of such a distinguished University.
As I wrote last year, teaching at TTI is different from most of the other universities in which I have worked, in that the students are not English majors but future engineers studying Technology, Engineering and Science.
On campus and in their laboratories, they are already beginning to use their English to communicate with fellow students and colleagues of various nationalities while conducting experiments, writing reports, sharing knowledge of their respective fields and exchanging cultural differences.
I now look forward to the forthcoming Academic year and contributing further to the the next generation of Toyota Technological Institute students’ studies and International awareness.
■古谷 克司 教授