Volume 96, Issue 2

Thursday, May 30, 2002
 
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NEWS

Butting out

Western rich in research

Southern kids winners, northern kids losers

Faculty Association and university set to clash

-SATIRE-

And the teaching Oscar goes to...

The North: not Ontario's favourite child

News Briefs

And the teaching Oscar goes to...

By Derek Rhodenizer
Gazette Staff

Western can boast a double win for top teaching awards in Ontario.

Professors Mark Workentin and John M. Howard will be honoured next month with teaching awards from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association.

Workentin, a professor in the department of chemistry, said he is proud to be one of this year's recipients.

"It is quite an honor to be nominated by my peers for such a prestigious award," Workentin said, noting he is a strong believer in balancing teaching and research.

"I am happy to work in an institution such as Western that allows me to excel in teaching," he added. The award acknowledges not only classroom teaching, but work with graduate students, as well as other teaching aspects, he explained.

"The award is created to highlight excellence in university teaching," said Henry Mandelbaum, executive director of OCUFA.

Any university professor may be nominated by colleagues or students and their nominations must be reinforced by supporting documentation, Mandelbaum added.

A committee, which includes previous OCUFA teaching award winners and a student representative, is responsible for judging the prospective candidates, Mandelbaum said.

The number of awards given out each year varies depending on the quality of the applicants, Mandelbaum said, noting this year nine awards were given.

"Western should rightly be proud of having two professors noted for excellence," he added, noting Western is the only university to receive two teaching awards.

Howard, a second Western recipient of this year's OCUFA teaching award and a professor in the department of medicine and pediatrics, said he was also honoured by his recognition.

"It was great [to receive the award]. It affirms what I've been doing for years," Howard said, in reference to his work on bringing a new curriculum to Western's medical school.

"I feel that on the one hand it's great to [receive an award], but on the other hand there are so many great teachers that didn't," Howard said.

Workentin and Howard will receive their awards at a ceremony in Toronto on Jun. 7.


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