Fine Arts staff and faculty gathered in the EV Building’s brightly-lit EV Junction space on Friday, 28 April for the department’s annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, dedicated to excellence in teaching, both inside and outside the classroom.
Noah Drew, assistant professor of theatre, Cynthia Hammond, associate professor of art history, and Donato Totaro, part-time film studies professor, took away the day’s awards and $1,000 each. Each award was presented by colleagues from their respective departments and accompanied by heartfelt speeches testifying to the winners’ endeavours and achievements.
Rebecca Duclos, dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, said the awards are important because they acknowledge “what it means to actually teach, how demanding it is, and how rewarding it is to celebrate each other’s accomplishments.”
Duclos was careful to emphasise that this is not an award for research, saying that “while research is very important, it gets very high billing. We don’t often stop and talk about teaching as part of our work.” The award recognises work in the classroom alongside innovative teaching practices and efforts towards curriculum and program development.