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Trent University Announces Service, Teaching, and Research Award Winners


Eminent Service Award, Symons Teaching Award, and Distinguished Research Award to be presented at convocation ceremonies June 2 and 3

Tuesday, May 3, 2005, Peterborough

The 2005 recipients of Trent University's most prestigious faculty and staff awards have been announced. The Eminent Service Award, Symons Teaching Award, and Distinguished Research Award will be presented at convocation ceremonies June 2 and 3.

Eminent Service Award

J. Kenneth Fowler will receive the Eminent Service Award, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the life of the University in any area of its activities. This award will be presented Thursday, June 2 at the 10 a.m. ceremony.

Mr. Fowler, who retired from his position as Apparatus Design Technician with the Department of Physics last fall will be recognized for his 37-plus years of service to the University and in particular, his outstanding contributions in the areas of instrument design and research support.

Mr. Fowler had been with the University since its earliest days.  He began his career as Trent's Physics Research Technician in 1968 when the research labs were just empty shells, and played a major role in helping faculty in the departments of Physics and Chemistry, in particular, to launch their research projects. 

A skilled machinist and technician, he has been truly 'instrumental' in designing and building new research tools and keeping older equipment functioning. His contributions have been acknowledged in the published papers of Trent faculty with whom he has also co-authored papers. Mr. Fowler played an important role during the construction of the Physics Building and worked extensively on the University's first staff job-evaluation initiative. His contributions to the life of the University have benefited students, staff and faculty alike. Over the years Mr. Fowler has provided much technical assistance and personal encouragement to undergraduate and graduate students and he counts a great number of these students among his friends.  As one of his nominators wrote, "It would be inappropriate to mention only Ken's technical expertise. His cheerfulness and willingness to help whenever needed has made him a friend to a great many Trent personnel. His departure has left an enormous hole that the University will fill only with enormous difficulty."

Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Carolyn Kay, an associate professor in the Department of History, will receive the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching, which was established in 1976 and is presented annually to a faculty member who displays exemplary teaching, as well as concern for students. This award will be presented Thursday, June 2 at the 3 p.m. ceremony.

Prof. Kay, a native of Scarborough, Ontario, has an M.Phil from Oxford and an MA and Ph.D. from Yale. She joined the faculty at Trent in 1990 and teaches courses in modern German history and the history of the Holocaust. Nomination letters refer to Prof. Kay's patience, enthusiasm and understanding and to her ability to provide a comfortable environment in which students are able to learn at their best. 

Prof. Kay's nominators summed up her strengths by stating:

  • "She is passionate about her subject and she spreads that passion to the students."
  • "Not only are her lectures engaging and fun….but also a joy to attend. Professor Kay is devoted to her classes and her students."
  • "I was simply blown away by her passion for German history and her down to earth presence while lecturing." 

Prof. Kay's current research project is a study of bourgeois children in early twentieth-century Germany, as seen through attitudes in advice literature written by "experts" -- doctors, psychologists, pedagogues, pastors, and feminists.

Her recent publications are Art and the German Bourgeoisie: Alfred Lichtwark and Modern Painting in Hamburg, 1886-1914 (University of Toronto Press, 2002) and several reviews of modern European art history, including a book review of Michael Fried's Menzel's Realism: Art And Embodiment In 19th-Century Berlin (for H-German, July 2004).

Distinguished Research Award

Dr. Leonard Conolly, of the Department of English Literature, will receive the Distinguished Research Award, which was established in 1986 and is presented annually to a member of Trent's faculty in recognition of outstanding achievements in research and scholarship. This award will be presented Friday, June 3 at the 10 a.m. ceremony.

Prof. Conolly, former President, is a Scholar of the Academy of the Shaw Festival and has been reading seeing and studying Shaw's work for 45 years. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002, which is considered Canada's senior academic accolade, and has been a Senior Member of Robinson College, Cambridge, since 1981. Prof. Conolly has an M.A. from McMaster and a Ph.D. from Wales, and joined Trent as its fifth president in 1994.

Prof. Conolly is the founder of two scholarly journals and the author or editor of nine books. In 2002, he published an edition of the correspondence between Bernard Shaw and leading theatre director Barry Jackson from 1923 to 1950, and in February 2005 the second edition of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English, which he co-edited with Eugene Benson, was published. Prof. Conolly's new critical edition of Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession will be published later this year by Broadview Press. He is currently working on a book on Shaw's relationship with the BBC.

Prof. Conolly's nominators summed up his strengths by stating:

  • "During our many years of professional associations I have grown to respect Len Conolly as a truly exceptional and generous individual, a scholar and researcher of the first rank, a true gentleman of enormous wisdom and insight, and an extraordinary writer and critic—and in recent years editor."
  • "From his very important founding and editing of the first journal devoted to this period in theatre studies, to his editorship of the Shaw series, his mentoring of younger scholars and teaching of students, and his unselfish service in administration, Leonard Conolly has won the respect and admiration of all who know him."
  • "Dr. Conolly is one of those rare scholars whose impact is felt throughout a whole field of study."


For further information, please contact:

  • Mr. Ken Fowler, via Trent's Communications Office, ext. 1218
  • Prof. Carolyn Kay, 748-1011, ext. 5252
  • Prof. Leonard Conolly, 748-1011, ext. 1737

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