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Centre for Teaching & Learning

(from left), Mike Perry, Carla Ionescu, Jane Mackie and Deborah Kennett

Centre for Teaching & Learning

Recent Award Recipients

Deborah Kennett in office


Deborah Kennett (​Psychology)

Deborah Kennett, a Professor in Psychology, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching. In receiving this award, Prof. Kennett is recognized as an approachable, compassionate, and inspiring teacher and mentor whose patience, concern for students, and open door policy ensure that students have the support and encouragement needed to succeed. The classroom environments that Prof. Kennett creates are lauded for the ways in which they nurture curiosity and allow students to be immersed in both theoretical learning and practical application. Her students also appreciate how Prof. Kennett carefully plans and organizes each class so as to introduce complex statistical concepts in systematic, accessible, and interesting ways; how she is able to explain difficult concepts with simplicity while still maintaining the integrity and complexity of those concepts; and how her effective instruction, insightful guidance, and thorough and meaningful feedback enable undergraduate and graduate students to further develop their understandings of challenging and comprehensive material.


Jane Mackie


Jane Mackie (Nursing)

Jane Mackie, an Assistant Professor in Nursing, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Award for Educational Leadership and Innovation. In receiving this award, Prof. Mackie is recognized for her innovative pedagogy, particularly her teaching of challenging content through the use of a flipped classroom approach complemented by faculty and student led seminars and case study discussions; her approachability and professionalism in all of her engagements with students and colleagues; her leadership in the development of online resources to assist students in their learning; her dedication to ongoing curriculum development, including the renewal and enhancement of the teaching of medication dosage calculations and the advancement of strategies for ensuring the improvement of math ability and confidence for nursing students; and her roles as a staunch advocate for students and the student experience and as a strong voice for excellence in teaching.

Mike Perry standing outside of Kerr House at Traill College


Mike Perry (Canadian Studies)

Mike Perry, a Teaching Assistant in Canadian Studies, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Teaching Assistance. In receiving this award, Mr. Perry is recognized for his enthusiasm, passion, and commitment to supporting student learning and success, and for his dedication to both teaching and learning from his students. He is highly regarded by his students for creating dynamic, positive, and comfortable learning environments that stimulate critical thinking and engage students in discussions about the implications and consequences of Canadian historical events.


Carla Ionescu


Carla Ionescu (Ancient Greek and Roman Studies)

Carla Ionescu, a Course Instructor in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, has been named the 2017 recipient of the CUPE 3908-1 Award for Excellence in Teaching. In receiving this award, Dr. Ionescu is recognized as an engaging educator whose teaching is enthusiastic and informative. Her students appreciate how Dr. Ionescu creates an active, relevant, and accessible learning environment, and how she engages students in deep and meaningful dialogue about the material. Dr. Ionescu is lauded for her approachability, her commitment to student learning and success, her skill in drawing links between the ancient past and the pressing topics of today, and for how she motivates students to both appreciate and critically reflect on the commonality of human experience over time.