TWU's Nina Pak Lui wins 2020 Provost Innovative Teaching Award for scholarly experimentation and innovation

Trinity Western University is pleased to announce Nina Pak Lui, TWU Assistant Professor of Education, as winner of the 2020 Provost Innovative Teaching Award for professional excellence, scholarly experimentation and innovation.

The TWU Provost Innovative Teaching Award is intended to recognize and encourage experimentation and innovation and is meant to acknowledge a faculty member who is researching and adapting new methods to improve student learning.  

Dr. Allyson Jule, Dean of the School of Education, remarks, “Nina is passionate about connecting theory and practice. She has been an active and emerging scholar in the field of assessment. She connects with other experts in the field through an active social media presence and networking with partner schools and teachers. She has a broad sense of the education community in BC and Canada.”

"The School of Education has enjoyed an excellent reputation for many years," continues Dr. Jule. "Nina falls into the category of what makes and sustains Trinity’s Teacher Education Program: fresh ideas, passion for and commitment to excellence, and deep and genuine care for students."

Dr. Laurie Matthias, Associate Provost of Teaching and Learning, shares student and faculty commendations of Lui: “She is creative and action-oriented. She works primarily in the space of deep reflective practice so that she maintains a growth mindset, and focuses on continual improvement. She implements new pedagogical approaches and course design that speak to the learning needs of TWU students.”

According to Jenn Skelding, Professional Year Program coordinator, secondary stream, “Nina listens deeply to students and creates a safe learning place that is built on trust.” Nina actively engages her students as partners in learning, and helps develop self-efficacy. For example, “Nina encouraged two undergraduate students to attend WestCAST and challenged one to present his work – a critical analysis of BC’s renewed K-12 curriculum,” relates Skelding.

Lui is celebrated for tirelessly researching, creating, developing, and adapting new methods to improve and enrich student learning. She has made outstanding contributions to TWU’s School of Education ever since she started, first as a part time instructor in 2015 and then as an assistant professor in 2019.

Lui caught the attention of the wider University community when she helped redesign Foundations 101 and supported instructional designers and faculty in co-creating a multi-course bundle aimed to make cross-curricular connections and embed human-centric assessment practices for incoming undergraduate students.

“Winning this award was humbling," says Nina. "Making the decision to work in the School of Education was one of the best things I could have ever done.”

Trinity Western expresses its warm congratulations and deep gratitude to Nina Pak Lui for her continued excellence in teaching, scholarship and commitment to student care.

Read this story in the Langley Advance Times

About Trinity Western University

Founded in 1962, Trinity Western University is Canada’s premier Christian liberal arts university dedicated to equipping students to establish meaningful connections between career, life, and the needs of the world. It is a fully accredited research institution offering liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional schools in business, nursing, education, human kinetics, graduate studies, and arts, media, and culture. It has five campuses and locations: Langley, Richmond-Lansdowne, Richmond-Minoru, Ottawa, and Bellingham, WA. TWU emphasizes academic excellence, research, and student engagement in a vital faith community committed to forming leaders to have a transformational impact on culture. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter @TrinityWestern, on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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