Colleges Ontario congratulates best lecturer Rod Carley

    TORONTO, April 13 /CNW/ - Colleges Ontario extends congratulations on
behalf of Ontario's 24 colleges to Canadore College instructor Rod Carley, who
has been named Ontario's 2009 Best Lecturer by TVO.
    "Rod is an extraordinary instructor with a passion for teaching and an
ability to captivate his students," said Linda Franklin, president and CEO of
Colleges Ontario. "The TVO audience clearly appreciated Rod's commitment to
delivering an excellent education to his students."
    Carley won for his lecture, Adapting Shakespeare within a Modern Canadian
Context, which aired as part of the Big Ideas competition on TVO. Carley was
one of 10 postsecondary educators who were finalists in the provincial
    The winning lecture was decided by an online vote. The contest provides a
$10,000 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex scholarship to the winning school.
    Carley is the coordinator for Canadore College's new Theatre Arts
Program, as well as the artistic director for REP 21, Canadore's graduate
actor theatre company.
    "I'm still in a state of shock," said Carley. "It's very exciting - this
is my calling, my vocation, my life's work. My whole philosophy is that we
have to come to the students, not the other way around.
    "Our job is to get them hooked on learning for life."
    Carley was first nominated in the contest last September by three former
students. Along with 180 other nominees, he submitted a demo tape of a
lecture. Before Christmas, a jury of three whittled the number of contestants
down to 20, and TVO announced the 10 finalists in the new year.
    TVO filmed Carley's lecture at the college in early February and it aired
March 28.
    Carley said his win will provide much-deserved recognition for Canadore
College and the theatre arts program, for which he developed the curriculum
five years ago.
    "Some people might not know that Canadore College, up here in the north,
has an excellent theatre arts program," he says of the intensive program which
compresses six semesters into two years. "It's kind of acting boot camp."
    While Carley has a particular passion for the works of Shakespeare,
having adapted and directed 15 of the Bard's works, he has directed and
produced more than 85 productions, which range from the classics to the new
Canadian work.
    Most recently, Carley directed the Canadian premiere of Robin Soans'
Talking to Terrorists. He spent two seasons with the Stratford Festival as an
assistant director and was the first recipient of the Festival's Jean Gascon
Director's Award. He also received a Tyrone Guthrie Award.
    He was nominated for the first John Hirsch Director's Award in 1993, and
in 1997 was short listed for the Pauline McGibbon Award for his body of work
to date.
    Carley said he has been inspired by the nine other finalists in the
    "What's important is that (Big Ideas) celebrates that there are great
minds in this province's higher education system, who truly care about what
they're teaching their students."

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For further information: Sally Ritchie, Senior Communications Officer,
Colleges Ontario, (416) 596-0744, ext. 242,

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