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2019 Dean’s Awards for Excellence

Staff, faculty and research chairs shine at the Dean’s Awards for Excellence
November 29, 2019
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By Elisabeth Faure

Honorees gather for a group photo Back row, left - right: Alexandre Morin, Mircea Mendache, Gavin Taylor, Christopher Brett, Brandon Helfield Front row, left - right: Sylvain David, Krist Beyers-Heinlein, Sheri Kuit, Sylvia Kairouz, Dean André Roy, Mihaela Iordanova, Aasiq Kachroo, Alicia Piekny, and Richard Courtemanche

 Staff, faculty and research chairs shine at the Dean’s Award for Excellence

On Tuesday, November 26, members of the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) gathered at Loyola campus to applaud the winners of the annual Dean’s Awards for Excellence.

“It is truly an honour to be awarded the Dean's Award for Excellence in Service by a Staff Member!” said honoree Sheri Kuit, department administrator, Sociology and Anthropology. 

“To be recognized by members of the Concordia community, who I have the utmost respect for, is an amazing feeling.”

Dean Roy, Kuit Dean André Roy (left), Roy, Sheri Kuit, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Fellow staff member Micrea Mendache, graduate program assistant for the departments of Journalism and Communication Studies, was also honoured for excellence in service.

“I always felt fortunate to work in the Departments of Journalism and Communication Studies and being nominated and receiving this award is a reaffirmation of how great this community is. Having great students and amazing faculty and colleagues made managing the six graduate programs possible.”

Dean Roy, Mendache Dean André Roy and Mircea Mendache, Department of Communication Studies, Department of Journalism

The awards had traditionally been given to staff and faculty alone, but in 2015, Faculty of Arts and Science Dean André Roy made the decision to include more members of the FAS community.

"Early on in my mandate, I decided to expand the traditional Staff and Faculty Awards to include new Chairs, and other faculty who have earned distinction over the past year,” said Roy.

“So, now we have the Dean's Excellence Awards each year. With so much excellence in our community, there's a lot to celebrate! This evening is always one of the highlights of my year. Each of the honorees has contributed something special to our shared project, and it is wonderful to gather and recognize their achievements together.” 

Dean Roy (left), Morin Dean André Roy and Alexandre J.S. Morin, Department of Psychology

Alexandre J.S. Morin, who joined the Department of Psychology in January of 2017, earned an award for Excellence in Scholarship (Senior).“Concordia University feels like an oasis where all forms of diversity are not only welcome, but celebrated,” said Morin.

“High-caliber research is truly supported and valued. Being nominated for this award is for me a form of recognition of having made the right decision in joining this University, and an immense encouragement to keep on doing what I do best.”

The awards offered Roy a chance to thank the FAS people who have made his tenure as Dean so memorable. Roy will end his term in the summer of 2020.

“This being my last year as Dean , I can honestly say that it is the people in our faculty who have most impressed me over the last six years,” he said.

“I look forward to seeing what all of tonight's honorees will be doing in the years to come!”

The Honorees

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service by Staff

Sheri Kuit, Department Administrator, Sociology and Anthropology

Mircea Mandache, Graduate Program Assistant, Department of Communication Studies and Department of Journalism

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service by Faculty

Richard Courtemanche, Department of Health, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology

Gavin Taylor, Department of History

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Sylvain David, Département d’Études françaises

Sylvia Kairouz, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship – Junior

Mihaela Iordanova, Department of Psychology

Fenwick McKelvey, Department of Communication Studies

Excellence in Scholarship – Mid-career

Krista Byers-Heinlein, Department of Psychology

Christopher Brett, Department of Biology

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship – Senior

Alexandre  J.S. Morin, Department of Psychology

Chairs

Concordia University Research Chairs

Linda Booij, Department of Psychology

Concordia University Research Chair Tier 2, Eating Disorders

Alisa Piekny, Department of Biology

Concordia University Research Chair ,Tier 2, Cancer Cell Biology

Jason Camlot, Department of English

Concordia University Research Chair, Tier 1, Literature and Sound Studies

Canada Research Chairs

Brandon Helfield, Joint appointment, Department of Physics and Department of Biology

Canada Research Chair Tier 2, Molecular Biophysics in Human Health

Mihaela Iordanova, Department of Psychology

Canada Research Chair Tier 2, Behavioural Neuroscience)

Aashiq Kachroo, Department of Biology

Canada Research Chair Tier 2, Synthetic Biology





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