Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Gala Award

In recognition of the primary importance of teaching excellence at Queen's University, the Alumni Association and the Senate presents the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching to a Queen’s teacher who shows outstanding knowledge, teaching ability, and accessibility to students.


Holly Ogden

2020 Recipient

Holly Ogden

Ed’02, MEd’08, PhD’13

Dr. Ogden is a vibrant and passionate educator who strives to model equitable, inclusive, and student-centered pedagogy. Her ability to make connections, both within and beyond the classroom, has had a lasting impact on her students. She is a valued member of the Faculty of Education.


Past Award Recipients

Nominated by his students, the recipient of the 2018 Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching is Steven Lamontagne.

A graduate student in the Department of Psychology, Stephen went above and beyond his responsibilities to create a revolutionary online mentorship program to help his distance learning students feel more connected to their course work and to each other.

Whether he’s creating videos on demand to provide insight into his assignments or hosting live webinars to prepare his students for midterms and exams, his enthusiasm and innovative approach have made him a favourite among students and faculty alike.

Nominated by his students, the recipient of the 2017 Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching is Professor John Allingham.

Dr. Allingham has inspired thousands of students since joining the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Science ten years ago. During those ten years, he has earned a reputation for his creative teaching methods and his dedication to his students and to the craft of teaching. Whether he’s creating eye-catching videos and using props to help his students engage with his material or advising the award-winning Queen’s Genetically Engineered Machine Team (QGEM), Dr. Allingham has made a name for himself as a memorable professor who makes a difference to his students.

By her own account, Michelle Gibson, MEd’13, can’t remember a time when she did not want to teach. She was drawn to medicine in part because of the many opportunities she would have to teach in the classroom, labs, and in real-life situations in the hospital.

A dedicated and innovative educator, Ms. Gibson has inspired hundreds of medical professionals-in-training since joining Queen’s School of Medicine in 2002. An advocate of active learning, which engages students in activities such as discussion, analysis, and evaluation, Ms. Gibson embraced team-based learning methods early in her career.

While studying for her Masters of Education, she focused on assessment for learning, a practice that more realistically measures students’ understanding and knowledge, rather than relying solely on marks of final exams. She has also been at the forefront of curriculum development for the School of Medicine and has implemented new measures for teaching effectiveness, including a plan to ensure that all tutors are practicing physicians to help students develop clinical reasoning which uses strategies to gather, evaluate and analyze information.

Her teaching skills have been recognized by the Queen’s School of Medicine as she was honoured with the W. Ford Connell Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ms. Gibson’s caring approach to teaching extends far beyond the classroom and into her role as a curriculum developer and leader.

As the first member of the School of Medicine to be recognized with the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, she sets the highest standard of educational excellence in medicine at Queen’s University.

With an unparalleled dedication to the craft of teaching and learning, Jacqueline Davies, Artsci’83, MA’85, PhD’97, has inspired countless students since she began teaching at Queen’s in 1990.

Her heroes – Socrates and Ms. Frizzle, the eccentric, adventuresome ¬third-grade teacher from the “Magic School Bus” cartoon series – indicate the wide range of thought and consideration Dr. Davies devotes to her teaching approach.

As continuing adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy with a cross-appointment in gender studies and affiliations with cultural studies and Jewish studies, Dr. Davies’s consistently inspires her students to learn fearlessly and embrace their mistakes.

While she specializes in topics ranging from feminist thought to critical thinking she believes the subject matter is always secondary to the ¬students. “It’s really important to keep in mind that you’re not teaching a subject. You’re teaching people.”

Students love her honesty and bravery for, as student Galen Watts puts it, sharing “her own adventurous and somewhat fraught personal journey through various religious traditions—specifically Judaism and Buddhism.” They are inspired by her ongoing concern for social justice. She regularly speaks up in support of the plight of Aboriginals in Canada and many other marginalized voices.

Dr. Davies strives to engage her students in many ways, using film, music, and even Buddhist meditation techniques to stimulate thought and inquiry. Her friendly and welcoming demeanor make her easy to talk to, and her quick-witted, razor-sharp mind brings a sparkling quality to any lecture-hall discussion or intimate conversation.

Unlike her cartoon hero, Ms. Frizzle, Dr. Davies may not lead her students on field trips to the ocean floor or the inside of a beehive, but she keeps them eagerly anticipating their next learning adventure. “It was ¬always a fun surprise to arrive at Jackie’s class,” ¬Mr. Watts says. “You never knew precisely what she would come up with next.”

Dr. Catherine Donnelly began teaching at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy in 2004. Her current teaching focuses on the physical determinants of occupation, the lived experience of disability and clinical reasoning. Dr. Donnelly’s commitment to active learning has led her to the discovery and development of new teaching and learning strategies that move away from the traditional lecture-based format.

Her heroes – Socrates and Ms. Frizzle, the eccentric, adventuresome ¬third-grade teacher from the “Magic School Bus” cartoon series – indicate the wide range of thought and consideration Dr. Davies devotes to her teaching approach.Dr. Donnelly’s ability to create a learning environment designed to involve students in the course material while providing ample support and guidance is what has taken her teaching style beyond the traditional classroom or clinic, putting theory into everyday practice.

In addition to teaching and clinical work, Dr. Donnelly conducts research in the interrelated areas of primary care, knowledge translation and interprofessional education, and collaborative practice. Her dedication to teaching, clinical work and research is the hallmark of Queen’s excellence.

2012 James Fraser, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy

2011 George Bevan, Department of Classics

2010 David Strong, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Integrated Learning Centre

2009 Les MacKenzie, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

2008 John Hanes, Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

2007 Patrick Oosthuizen, Mechanical and Materials Engineering

2006 Richard Jackson, School of Business

2005 Bruce Tufts, Department of Biology

2004 Donato Santeramo, Department of Italian and Spanish

2003 Bill Newstead, Department of Chemistry

2002 Richard Ascough, Department of Theology

2001 Jim Whitley, Department of Mathematics and Statistics (deceased)

2000 Leo Jonker, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

1999 Terry Krupa, Faculty of Health Sciences

1998 Lynda Jessup, Department of Art

1997 Paul K. Christianson, Department of History

1996 W. Alan Gorman, Geological Sciences (deceased)

1995 Joan E. McDuff, Faculty of Education

1994 Virginia Walker, Department of Biology

1993 Barrie Frost, Department of Psychology

1992 Katherine Wynne-Edwards, Department of Biology

1991 Robert E. Hawkins, Faculty of Law

1990 Patrick J. O'Neill, Department of German

1989 David H. Turpin, Department of Biology

1988 Sandra L. McBride, Department of Geological Sciences; Alistair W. MacLean, Department of Psychology

1987 Rita Maloney, School of Nursing; Frank D. Collom, School of Business (deceased)

1986 Stanley Sadinsky, Faculty of Law; Caroline M. Miller, Department of Sociology

1985 Frederick W. Gibson, Department of History (deceased); Robert G. Crawford, Computing & Information Science

1984 Gerald S. Marks, Pharmacology and Toxicology (deceased); Josephine M. Reddick, School of Nursing

1983 Colette Y. Tonge, Department of French (deceased); D. Catherine Brown, Department of History (deceased)

1982 Ronald J. Delisle, Faculty of Law (deceased)

1981 William T. Cannon, School of Business

1980 David J. Mullan, Faculty of Law

1979 William C. Reeve, Department of

1977 Alastair R. C. Duncan, Department of Philosophy (deceased)

1976 H. R. Stuart Ryan, Faculty of Law (deceased)

1975 William D. Gilbert, Department of Mechanical Engineering (deceased)

Award Eligibility & Criteria

The recipient of the award will receive $5,000 presented at the Queen’s University Alumni Association’s annual Alumni Awards Gala, and the Teaching Award statuette presented at Convocation.

Candidates should be:

  • A teacher at Queen's University who has the primary responsibility for a course offered to registered Queen's students (i.e. organization and presentation)
  • For this purpose, classrooms are not limited to lecture halls but include other teaching environments such as laboratories, seminars and tutorials

For more information about alumni awards, please contact Lenore Klein, 613-533-6000 ext 78846.