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Over the course of last year, 15 Laurier instructors were recognized for their dedication, engagement and passion for teaching. Among them was the recipient of Canada’s top teaching honour, the 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Additionally, two Laurier professors received the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching Award, an achievement awarded to only six instructors across the province each year. The Laurier instructors were celebrated at a reception in early February.

“The thing that stands out to me about each of these extraordinary teachers is the important connections they make with their students and their passion for teaching, which in turn motivates their students and inspires in them a love for learning,” said Pat Rogers, associate vice-president: Teaching and Learning at Laurier.

The full list of recipients includes:

3M National Teaching Fellowship

  • Carol Duncan, Religion and Culture

OCUFA Teaching Awards

  • Donna Kotsopoulos, Education
  • Edmund Pries, Global Studies

Wilfrid Laurier University Awards for Teaching Excellence

  • Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (full-time): Ken Maly, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (part-time): Terry Sturtevant, Physics and Computer Science
  • TA Award of Excellence (graduate): Mike McCleary, English and Film Studies

Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar Award

  • David Smith, History

Laurier Alumni Awards

  • Laurier Alumni Hoffmann-Little Award: Donna Kotsopoulos, Education
  • Laurier Alumni Faculty Mentoring Award: Margaret Walton-Roberts, Geography and Environmental Studies

Laurier Residence Academic Partnership Award (Winter 2014)

  • Sofy Carayannopoulos, Business & Economics

Laurier Residence Academic Partnership Award (Fall 2014)

  • Louise Dawe, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) Award for Teaching Excellence

  • Sofy Carayannopoulos, Business & Economics

Laurier Teaching Fellows

  • Deena Mandell, Social Work
  • Eileen Wood, Psychology
  • Gavin Brockett, History

See award-winning faculty from past years.

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