Dr. David Gerhard - 2016 Award for Excellence in Teaching

David Gerhard

Department of Computer Science professor David Gerhard has been kindling the curiosity of students across disciplines and generations for the last twelve years. Known across the University of Regina campus and beyond as an engaging and innovative instructor, Gerhard is attuned to the needs of his students and takes direction from the class itself when designing a course and presenting the material. According to one of his students, most instructors teach material, “but Dr. Gerhard inspires everyone in class to want to learn the material.”

Gerhard consistently emphasizes the practical applications of computer science, asking his upper-level students to focus on implementation-heavy projects and provide classroom demonstrations. The practicality of his scholarly interests is visible when local print, radio and television media frequently invite him to speak to issues concerning technology and society. Gerhard’s teaching further reaches into the community through his Continuing Education classes at the University’s College Avenue campus. In these classes, Gerhard has taught community members—often senior citizens—how to use Facebook and other social media, as well as iPads and mobile technology.

One of Gerhard’s most notable achievements lies in his ability to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and marry the worlds of computer science and the creative arts. Gerhard made fundamental contributions to the design of creative technologies curricula at the University of Regina. This cross-disciplinary approach to teaching incorporates technological skill in the development of systems for the creation of artistic and interpretive works, and it gives context and history to the design and development of creative practices. For the last five years, Gerhard has collaborated with Fine Arts faculty members to develop a minor in creative technologies for computer science students and a new concentration in the computer science degree program. An associate member in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Gerhard co-teaches courses with music and creative technologies faculty and supervises interdisciplinary graduate students.

The University of Regina Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes sustained excellence in leadership and innovation for undergraduate teaching and learning at the University of Regina.