Pitel wins teaching excellence award
February 16, 2012
Western Law professor Stephen Pitel is one of six Western professors to be honoured with the 2011-12 Edward G. Pleva award for excellence in teaching.
Stephen Pitel is the gold standard (or, to many colleagues and students, the “Pitel standard”) of excellence in teaching. He transforms students by demanding nothing less than exceptional work, and teaches through his own example. He welcomes anyone who seeks his counsel, for his intellectual rigour and approachability are equally well known.
Pitel has received numerous awards in Western university’s Faculty of Law, including Professor of the Year in 2003-04. His teaching excellence extends to his active preparation of widely used teaching publications, from casebooks to a database for use by legal ethics professors. Pitel has successfully championed ethics education – not only for law students, but for members of the profession. Through his curriculum development stressing the importance of ethics and professionalism, the Faculty of Law has become a leader in this area.