Ten of Canada's Top Educators receive 3M Teaching Award



    LONDON, ON, Feb. 7 /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 2008'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, 228 3M National Teaching Fellows represent a broad range of
academic disciplines from 43 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."
    This year, STLHE received 52 nominations from 33 universities and
invested numerous man hours into each application.

    
    Recipients of the 2008 fellowships are:

    -   Mazorgata Dubiel, Simon Fraser University
    -   Katherine Frego, University of New Brunswick (Saint John)
    -   Sorel Friedman, Université de Montréal
    -   Robert Lapp, Mount Allison University
    -   TA Loeffler, Memorial University
    -   Peter Mahaffy, King's University College
    -   Daniel Pratt, University of British Columbia
    -   Patangi Rangachari, McMaster University
    -   Mercedes Rowinsky-Geurts, Wilfrid Laurier University
    -   James Silcox, University of Western Ontario
    

    The award includes a citation and an invitation to participate in a
three-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 1,000 of the company's 1,950 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:

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

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