Laurentian University is proud to honour Dr. Joy Gray-Munro, Dr. Andrée Beauchamp, and Dr. Michelle K. Brunette with 2017-2018 Teaching Excellence Awards. In addition, two Teaching Fellows, Mr. Charles Daviau and Dr. Aaron Langille, were announced today at a ceremony held in the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre.
Teaching Excellence awards are presented annually to faculty members who have demonstrated an outstanding ability to impart knowledge and invoke enthusiasm from their students. One full-time and up to two part-time awards are awarded each year.
“At Laurentian University, teaching and learning define us,” said Serge Demers, Interim Vice-President, Academic and Provost of Laurentian University. “This award celebrates teaching that has lasting, positive effects on students and deepens their learning. It is a pleasure to give these remarkable educators the recognition they deserve.”
The Laurentian Teaching Fellowship Program is designed to engage faculty in leading change, practise the scholarship of teaching and learning and support faculty communities that provide mentorship and leadership in teaching and learning. In line with Strategic Plan Outcomes 13 and 14, one fellow was chosen with expertise in technology-enabled learning and a second with a focus on the integration of Indigenous content into the curriculum.
“Our teaching fellowship program is designed to elevate teaching and to positively impact student learning, engagement, retention, and success,” noted Shelley Watson, Acting Associate Vice-President, Learning and Teaching. “Our Strategic Plan speaks to enhanced support for professors through peer-mentoring and collaboration. Each of these award winners and teaching fellows exemplifies the attributes of excellent educators, and we are so fortunate to have these professors at Laurentian.”
Recipients of Laurentian’s 2017-2018 Teaching Excellence Awards include:
Dr. Gray-Munro is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She received the full-time award in recognition of her teaching style that is described as both engaging and rigorous.
Dr. Beauchamp teaches both on campus and online in the Anthropology and Archaeology departments. She received one of this year’s part-time awards because of her ability to engage students through a variety of teaching approaches and innovative assignments.
Michelle K. Brunette
Dr. Brunette teaches in the Human Kinetics Department and received one of the part-time teaching awards in recognition of her strong connection with students and her emphasis on providing students with positive and constructive feedback.
Recipients of Laurentian’s 2018-2019 Teaching Fellows Awards include:
Mr. Daviau is a Master Lecturer in the Labour Studies and Economics departments. He was chosen as the inaugural teaching fellow with expertise in Indigenous approaches because he is an Indigenous community leader at Laurentian and considered a role model by students.
Dr. Langille is a Master Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science. Because of his integration of social media and novel uses for technologies, he was chosen as the technology-enabled learning teaching fellow.