UBC Dentistry’s grad studies director awarded Killam Teaching Prize


Dr. Clive Roberts

The Faculty is honoured to announce Dr. Clive Roberts has been awarded a Killam Teaching Prize for the 2018/19 academic year. Established university-wide, Killam Teaching Prizes are awarded annually to faculty nominated by students, colleagues and alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching. This award recognizes Dr. Roberts for his strong commitment to teaching and reflects his outstanding abilities to mentor and engage students in both the classroom and one-on-one settings.

Killam teaching award recipients are recognized at the graduation ceremonies. The following summary about Dr. Roberts has been prepared by the Dean, Dr. Mary MacDougall, to be read by the Provost and Vice-Principal Academic during the spring 2019 congregation:

Dr. Clive Roberts [BA, MA, PhD] has taught biochemistry and cell biology for dental, medical and graduate students at UBC since 1990. His teaching is focused on making developments in biochemistry and cell biology accessible, relevant and interesting for developing health professionals and scientists, to foster future lifelong learning and science-based practice. In the Medical and Dental curriculum he was responsible for developing and refining case-centred learning experiences that mixed lectures, laboratories, guided online activities and small group case-centred collaborative learning. Students speak of Dr. Roberts’ encouragement to ask questions and integrate their knowledge to foster a broader understanding of physiological processes. As a basic scientist, he has mentored and advised numerous graduate students. He has developed wider impact in mentoring and support for all of the faculty’s graduate students, with a specific focus on helping graduate students to complete their theses and dissertations, as the Faculty of Dentistry Graduate Advisor and more recently as Acting Director of Graduate Studies.

Generations of UBC Dentistry students have been fortunate to have been taught, mentored and advised by Dr. Roberts during their education years preparing for careers either in academia, clinical practice or both. His influence and legacy runs deep and wide throughout the profession locally, nationally and around the world. The Faculty of Dentistry is proud of Dr. Roberts’ achievement.