Congratulations to Deanna Turner, this year’s winner of the Department of History Teaching Fellow Teaching Award!
Deanna Turner is a PhD candidate in the Department of History whose research centers on Canadian publishing history. Last year, she taught HIST 431: Atlantic Canada, an upper-year seminar course, which one student described as “one of the best courses [they had] taken at Queen’s.” In her nomination letters, students describe Deanna as “an amazing instructor” who is “always available to assist students.” Students called her “extremely knowledgeable, personable, and encouraging.” In particular, students praised Deanna’s ability to create a positive learning environment in a class held remotely over Zoom. As one student remarked, “seminars via Zoom are difficult and Deanna was able to start a conversation when we were all just awkwardly sitting there. She was extremely good at prompting discussion, open to student feedback and questions, and accommodating to students’ needs.”