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Teaching Excellence

2020/21 Award Winners


Britta Badour Natalie Jachimowicz Anna Lee-Popham Gary Mok

Graduate Teaching Assistant Teaching Excellence Award for MA

Creative Writing Team:
School of English and Theatre Studies

Britta Badour
Natalie Jachimowicz
Anna Lee-Popham
Gary Mok

The Committee offers its commendation to the team of graduate students who were teaching assistants for ENGL*2920 “Elements of Creative Writing.” Four graduate students supported the course in Fall 2020: Britta Badour, Anna Lee-Popham, and Gary Mok.

Creative writing courses often involve students presenting material that emerges from their own experience, necessitating a high level of trust, which can be difficult to create in an online environment. The four teaching assistants, with Elaine Chang who was the instructor of record, fostered trust that allowed students to understand that this course was a safe space to present their work. Each of the teaching assistants supported students individually, empowering them to do their best work.


Marie-Pier LeMay

Graduate Teaching Assistant Teaching Excellence Award for PhD

Marie-Pier LeMay
Department of Philosophy

Central to teaching in all disciplines in the humanities is the work of providing students with an understanding of the vitality of these disciplines, particularly why they matter. They allow us to understand life as it is experienced. Marie-Pier Lemay has a remarkable gift for provoking her students, without judgement, to think about how they engage with the world. She asks them to consider concrete details of their lives: what are you wearing today? Who made your clothes? What is the impact of these fabrics on global warning? These are important questions that are often not contemplated.

Marie-Pier Lemay insists on intellectual rigor as she guides her students. She pushes them to take large, important questions from Philosophy and apply them to their immediate circumstances. In so doing, she offers students a wonderful opportunity to engage with philosophy and its intellectual heritage in ways that connect with the past to inform innovative thinking about the present.


Brandon Carroll

Sessional Teaching Excellence Award

Brandon Carroll
School of Languages and Literatures

Brandon Carroll excels as a teacher of French language and literature. He is equally adept at teaching small seminar-style courses and large lectures. He has a remarkable gift for being able to teach at a level appropriate and engaging to the students, including in an online environment.

Students commend Dr. Carroll for his commitment to them. He is exceedingly generous, supporting students not only by delivering material in class with clarity but also by being available outside class to respond to the queries of students. Students find it easy to engage with Brandon who creates an atmosphere that is both intellectually rigorous and, in the words of one student, “laid back.” As a result, Dr. Carroll’s classes have transformed students by offering them access to the language and culture of la Francophonie.


Jade Ferguson

Faculty Teaching Excellence Award

Jade Ferguson
School of English and Theatre Studies

The Selection Committee was impressed by your remarkable dedication to your students and how you support them to do their best work. Jade Ferguson fosters active learning that encourages students to be engaged citizens who apply their knowledge to the world beyond the classroom. This commitment is evident in Dr. Ferguson’s innovative offerings of experiential learning courses that have resulted in the work of students being disseminated widely, including on CBC. Students particularly appreciate the way you instill confidence in them, particularly racialized students whom you encourage to explore their heritage as a significant field of academic study.


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1998        Gilbert Stelter

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                    Jacqueline Murray            Special Merit Award

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                    Keith Cassidy                Excellence in Service to Faculty & Librarians

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2001        Peter Goddard                Distinguished Professor

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                    Dana Paramskas            Special Merit Award

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1992        Diana Brydon                Distinguished Professor

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1989        Victor Matthews            College Awards

                    François Pare                College Awards


2020        Jade Ferguson                SETS

2019        Jennifer Schacker            SETS

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2015        Christina Smylitopolous            SOFAM

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                    Sally Hickson

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                    Norman Smith

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2007        Linda Mahood

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2005        William Cormack

2004        Ruediger Mueller

2003        Dorothy Odartey-Wellington

2002        Peter Goddard

                    Elizabeth Ewan

2020        Marie Piere-LeMay (PhD)        SETS

                    Britta Badour (MA)            SETS

                    Anna Lee-Popham (MA)            SETS

                    Gary Mok (MA)                Philosophy

2019        Lisa Baer                History

2016        Nick Bridges                History

                    Katrina Gale                History

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                    Macarena Suazo Flores (MA)        

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2009        Michal Arciszewski

2007        Christopher Tiessen

2006        Kris Gies

2004        Heather Davidson

                    Brodie Richards

2002        Scott Moir

                    Robert Falconer

2020        Brandon Carroll                SOLAL

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                    Andre Speltz

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2009        Lee L’Clerc

2007        Jennifer MacDonald

2006        Jesse Stewart

2002        Denise Mohan

                    Chris DiCario

2016        Padraig O’Cleirigh            SOLAL

2013        Dr. Andrew Bretz            English and Theatre Studies

2011        Ruediger Mueller            SOLAL

2006        Kim Renders                 Theatre

2004        Dr. Elaine Chang            English

1994        Susan Mulley                History

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                    E. Legakis                Philosophy

2014        Jacqueline Murray            History

2004        Dana Paramskas             French Studies

1987        Constance Rooke            English (U. Victoria)

2016        Chérine Stevula                Latin American & Caribbean Studies

1998        Daniel Fischlin                Literatures & Performance Studies in English

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                    Donna Palamateer Pennee        English

1995        Alan Filewood                Drama

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1975        Alan Wilshire                Languages

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2021        John Walsh                UofG President’s Award – Languages & Literatures

2013        Jacqueline Murray            History