Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching


Congratulations to Dr. Michele Weir on receiving the prestigious Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award recognizes Western University’s top educators and celebrates excellence in teaching, mentorship, educational leadership, and curricular innovation.

The award citation reads: Dr. Michele Weir is lauded for being “thoughtful and humble,” and recognized as an “amazing mentor and leader in education.” Through her award-winning teaching, major curriculum development and educational leadership, Dr. Weir has made countless contributions at Western and beyond. Her engaging teaching style has been recognized through many honours, including the Hippocratic Undergraduate Medical Education Committee Award and the Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit, a national award for peer recognition for contributions to undergraduate medical education. With her compassion and open-door policy, she helps many people through challenging times, sharing her own experiences, and offering practical advice. Dr. Weir has been at the forefront of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry renewal and has contributed significantly to the new competence-based undergraduate medical curriculum. She is a strong advocate for introducing Indigenous health and cultural competencies into the field of care. 

We are very fortunate to have Dr. Weir in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and are so pleased her outstanding contributions to Western’s academic mission have been recognized at this level.