Faculty Excellence
Rene Gingras
Award Type: 
Excellence in Teaching Award

Associate Professor of Horticultural Technology


When students returning from work assignments began asking about irrigation design several years ago, for example, Gingras spent part of a sabbatical “tagging along” on irrigation installations with a local landscaping company, started attending an annual conference sponsored by the Irrigation Association Education Foundation, and created a class culminating in a hands-on installation. Three years ago, he added a landscape lighting course. Last year, he started a new course in pond design, and this year, he hopes to implement a course in harvesting rainwater.

After teaching at the Thompson School for three decades, Gingras says, “I try to stay ahead of the curve... It’s very easy to just do what you always have. The new classes make me feel rejuvenated.”