Marie-Pier Lemay wins the COA Teaching Assistant Excellence Award! | College of Arts

Marie-Pier Lemay wins the COA Teaching Assistant Excellence Award!

Posted on Monday, June 28th, 2021

Marie-Pier has won the Graduate Teaching Assistant Teaching Excellence Award for PhD

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.

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.