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Trent University Professor Wins Provincial Teaching Honour


Prof. David Page named among Ontario's six most outstanding university teachers

Wednesday, May 11, 2005, Peterborough

Trent University is pleased to congratulate Professor David Page, who has been named among Ontario's six most outstanding university teachers in a province-wide competition adjudicated by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).

OCUFA announced the award winners yesterday, though Prof. Page will receive the 2004 OCUFA Teaching Award at a June 10 ceremony in Toronto. Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities Mary Anne Chambers will attend the ceremony.

Prof. Page has been a full-time member of the Department of Ancient History & Classics at Trent since 1968 – his entire academic career. He has taught more than 30 different courses during his time at Trent, ranging from the 100 to 400 level, in Latin, Classical History, and Classical Civilization. He is also the 2003 recipient of the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented annually to a faculty member who displays exemplary teaching, as well as concern for students.

Upon his receipt of the Symons Teaching Award, Prof. Page was quoted as saying that it is not really possible to teach, but rather to encourage young minds to teach themselves. Watching his students develop as academic individuals, however, has been the most rewarding part of his career.

"…Professor Page has earned enormous respect as a teacher within this institution," stated Trent Dean of Arts and Science Colin Taylor, in supporting Prof. Page's nomination. "Trent University prides itself on the quality of its undergraduate teaching programs, and the attention paid to individual students. Professor Page exemplifies this…I can personally testify to his total commitment to providing students with an educational experience of the highest quality."

In addition to his role as associate professor, Prof. Page has also been chair of the Ancient History & Classics Department for five terms, principal of two colleges and a senior tutor for three years. In student evaluations from courses taught by Prof. Page between 2000 and 2004, over 96 per cent of respondents indicated that he is an "above average" instructor.

"…Most students are impressed by David's passion for Roman history and the Latin language, and by his infectious enthusiasm for learning. Students note that his lectures are enthralling, offering both scholarly information and lively stories of interest and erudition," states Prof. Carolyn Kay, an associate professor in Trent's History Department and Prof. Page's principal nominator. "…David Page shows respect, support and care for students as individuals at Trent. One of the most common points made about David was that he learns student names quickly, and will engage in discussion with students – addressing them by name – outside of the classroom as early as the first week of study."

"OCUFA's Awards Committee was impressed by Prof. Page's passion for Roman history and the Latin language - and by his infectious enthusiasm for learning," says OCUFA President Michael Doucet. "In fact, the committee noted many students credit Dr. Page for strengthening their writing skills by emphasizing the links between Latin and English grammar in his classroom."

Trent professors to have received the OCUFA Teaching Award in the past include John Wadland, Stuart Robson, David Poole and Sarah Keefer.

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For further information, please contact:

Prof. David Page, 748-1011, ext. 5108

Prof. Colin Taylor, 748-1011, ext. 1349

Henry Mandelbaum, OCUFA Executive Director, (416) 979-2117 x 29 or,

Mark Rosenfeld, Associate Executive Director, (416) 979-2117 x 34.

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