Recent Award Recipients
SYMONS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
Kelly Egan (Cultural Studies and Media Studies)
Kelly Egan, an Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching. In receiving this award, Prof. Egan is recognized as an extraordinary teacher extremely knowledgeable in her field and an influencer in and outside of the classroom whose concern for students and commitment to student learning ensure that students have the support and encouragement needed to thrive. The classroom environments that Prof. Egan creates are lauded for being motivating and inclusive, and for the ways in which they integrate theory and practice and engage students both creatively and intellectually. Her students also appreciate how Prof. Egan carefully crafts each class to promote critical thinking and in-depth understandings of key concepts while adjusting teaching techniques to fit diverse learning styles; how she is able to a balance clear descriptions and examples with complex theoretical approaches; and how she encourages and challenges students to step beyond their conceived limits to stretch themselves and embrace what they learn from doing so. Prof. Egan will be honoured at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence and will receive the liripipe and framed award at the spring Convocation.
AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION
Robyne Hanley-Dafoe (Psychology)
Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, an Educational Developer in the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Instructor and Faculty Advisor in the School of Education, and Instructor in Psychology, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Award for Educational Leadership and Innovation. In receiving this award, Ms. Hanley-Dafoe is recognized as an institutional trailblazer that consistently goes above and beyond her staff and faculty roles to advance exemplary teaching at Trent. She is highly regarded for her collaborative approach to working across disciplines and departments in order to build capacity in the areas of teaching excellence, pedagogical development, and scholarship on teaching and learning. Ms. Hanley-Dafoe is lauded for her leadership in promoting best practices for assessment and student engagement, and for modelling strategic and innovative pedagogical approaches that draw connections between theory, research, and real-world application. She has further consistently demonstrated herself as a leader in universal instructional design at Trent – not only through implementing accessible practices in her own classrooms but also in advocating these practices across the university. Ms. Hanley-Dafoe will be honoured and receive the framed award at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence.
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING ASSISTANCE
Malinda Gray (Indigenous Studies)
Malinda Gray, a Teaching Assistant in Indigenous Studies, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Teaching Assistance. In receiving this award, Ms. Gray is recognized for her compassion, confidence, and commitment to personalized and inspiring teaching and learning. She is lauded for her ability to help students persist in the face of challenges, and for consistently providing thoughtful feedback and encouragement. Ms. Gray is also highly regarded for the ways in which she helps to build close knit learning communities that engage humour and personal experience and stories, while simultaneously helping students develop critical writing and research skills. Ms. Gray will be honoured and receive the framed award at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence.
CUPE 3908-1 AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
Troy Bordun (Sociology)
Troy Bordun, an Instructor in Sociology, has been named the 2018 recipient of the CUPE 3908-1 Award for Excellence in Teaching. In receiving this award, Dr. Bordun is recognized as a personable and passionate instructor dedicated to student learning and success. The interactive classroom dynamics that Dr. Bordun works to establish are lauded for being lively and engaging. His students also appreciate how Dr. Bordun clearly articulates expectations for assignments; how he presents material in lectures confidently and knowledgeably while breaking down complicated readings to ensure student understanding; and how he consistently encourages students to participate in discussions, ask questions, and relate other parts of their knowledge of sociology to the course content. Dr. Bordun will be honoured and receive the framed award at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence.
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE TEACHING
Paula Sherman (Indigenous Studies)
Paula Sherman, an Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies, has been named the 2018 recipient of the inaugural Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. In receiving this award, Prof. Sherman is recognized as an outstanding online instructor whose influence is felt far beyond her own courses, and whose teaching is rooted in deep respect for her students and their well-being. She is highly regarded for the ways in which she seamlessly combines Indigenous pedagogies and online environments, as well as for her ongoing leadership in the adoption and effective use of VoiceThread technology. Her students also appreciate how Prof. Sherman facilitates the growth of dynamic online learning communities while simultaneously ensuring highly personalized student experiences. Prof. Sherman will be honoured and receive the framed award at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence.