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Professors and teaching assistants awarded for their excellence


The Alma Mater Society (AMS) has announced the winners of the 2011-2012 Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Christopher Knapper Award for Excellence in Teaching Assistance.

“The AMS is pleased to recognize excellence in teaching through these two prestigious awards,” says Mira Dineen, AMS Academic Affairs Commissioner. “Professors and teaching assistants who strive to go above and beyond, to inspire intellectual curiosity, and to encourage a passion for life-long learning have the ability to profoundly impact students’ lives.”

Leo Jonker received the Frank Knox award for the fall term and Alan Ableson for the winter term. They are both professors in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Dr. Jonker was appointed the first University Chair of Teaching and Learning where he made the art of teaching a priority at Queen’s. His classes are known for encouraging his students to become better educators themselves. Dr. Abelson is recognized for his ability to kindly explain complex material and his willingness to always go out of his way to help a student succeed. Both professors are known for their enthusiasm and patience.

MaryAnne Laurico (English) and Christian Rojas (Sociology) each received the Christopher Knapper Award. Both Ms Laurico and Mr. Rojas demonstrated a desire to foster positive and safe classroom discussions.

These awards, which are the highest honour that the AMS gives to Queen’s educators, recognize dedicated professors and teaching assistants who are passionate about contributing to the culture of learning at Queen’s.

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