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April 26, 2005
Student Association Picks Top Professor
Prof. Dawn Cornelio, School of Languages and Literatures, has received the 2005 Teaching Excellence Award from the Central Student Association (CSA).
“Being nominated for this award by the students I’ve worked with really is an honour — quite possibly the top honour in my book,” says Cornelio, who is also the co-ordinator of U of G’s women’s studies program. “It shows how receptive our students are to everything you try to give them, in terms both of academic content and personal skills like patience and availability. I’m very grateful to them for thinking of me in this way and showing me that I've made an impact on them.”
The student-sponsored award is presented each year to a U of G instructor who demonstrates profound dedication to undergraduates and to post-secondary education. A committee of four students and one academic adviser chooses a winner from a shortlist of candidates. “It was very difficult to come to a decision,” says Jenn Watt, the CSA’s academic commissioner.“Ultimately, it came down to what happened in the classroom. Prof. Cornelio’s nomination letters detailed a professor who was enthusiastic, creative and supportive of her students.”
Cornelio, who joined the U of G faculty three years ago, teaches French language, literature and translation. Her research focuses on the practice of translation, the liberation of the image of the subservient translator, and French extreme-contemporary novel and poetry.
“Teaching really is one of my favourite parts of this job,” she says. “I really love challenging students — and being challenged by them, too! It keeps you thinking fast and keeps you focused!”