3M Canada awards fellowship to top ten Canadian educators


    LONDON, ON, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - To celebrate and reward excellence in teaching
and educational leadership at the post-secondary level, 3M Canada, in
partnership with the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
(STLHE), today announced 2009's 10 recipients of the 3M National Teaching
Fellowship.
    "The quality and number of submissions are increasing," said Dr. Arshad
Ahmad, Program Coordinator, 3M National Teaching Fellowships. "Since most
dossiers fulfill all of the stated criteria, we consider how these educators
extend their reach and impact beyond their discipline, beyond their
institutions."
    The annual award, the only one of its kind in Canada, is given to
individuals who demonstrate an exceptionally high degree of leadership and
commitment to the improvement of university teaching across the country.
Currently, 238 3M National Teaching Fellows represent a broad range of
academic disciplines from 45 Canadian universities.
    "Our longstanding commitment to the program directly reflects the
importance these awards have on teachers as well as universities," said Sue
Romyn, Community Relations Manager, 3M Canada. "These are elite, exceptional
individuals who deserve to be recognized for their outstanding contributions
to education."Recipients of the 2009 fellowships are:

    -   David Barnet University of Alberta
    -   Nick Bontis McMaster University
    -   Ken Cramer University of Windsor
    -   Carolyn Eyles McMaster University
    -   Sarah Keefer Trent University
    -   Glen Loppnow University of Alberta
    -   Sylvain Robert Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
    -   Hamzeh Roumani York University
    -   Baljit Singh University of Saskatchewan
    -   John Smol Queen's UniversityThe award includes a citation and an invitation to participate in a
four-day retreat to share past teaching experiences and discuss new ideas. 3M
Canada and STLHE created the 3M National Teaching Fellowships in 1986. Up to
10 fellowships are awarded each year.

    About the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

    The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) is a
national association of academics and teaching and learning resource
professionals from institutions of post-secondary education across Canada.

    About 3M Canada Company

    Established in 1951, 3M Canada Company was one of the first international
subsidiaries opened by 3M and remains one of the largest. 3M Canada's head
office and original manufacturing site is in London, Ontario where
approximately half of the company's 1,800 employees work. Other Ontario plants
are located in Toronto, Brockville, and Perth with one in Morden, Manitoba.
Sales offices are located in major cities nationwide and a national service
network supports customers.




For further information: Dr. Arshad Ahmad, Program Coordinator, 3M
National Teaching Fellowships, Concordia University, (514) 848-2424 ext. 2928,
arshad@jmsb.concordia.ca; Sarah Tattersall, Corporate Communications Manager,
3M Canada, (519) 452-6035, setattersall@mmm.com