- Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching (2013-2014)
Dr. Mark Dickinson, a Course Instructor in the Department of Canadian Studies, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching. In receiving this award, Dr. Dickinson is recognized for his transformative teaching and his commitment to ensuring the success of his students. The classroom environments Dr. Dickinson has established are lauded for their benefit to student learning through his purposeful efforts to build community within both larger lecture and smaller seminar environments. His students also appreciate how Dr. Dickinson encourages them to form unique and individual responses to the course material; how he makes seamless connections between history, current affairs, and their lived experiences; and how he fosters a careful exploration of multiple levels of knowledge and perspectives so that each student may reach new boundaries in their understanding of Canada and its land.
Dr. Dickinson started as a graduate teaching assistant at Trent in 2002, and taught his first course, Wilderness in Canada, for the Canadian Studies Department in 2007. In the Fall 2008 and Winter 2010 terms, Dr. Dickinson taught in the Indigenous Studies Department, which he credits as being crucial to developing his teaching philsophy. He has been for teaching Canada The Land for the Canadian Studies Department since 2010.
Dr. Dickinson has a B.A. in General Studies from the University of British Columbia a Master's of Environmental Studies from York University, and a Ph.D in Canadian Studies from Trent University.