McMaster University Associate Professor Wins Top Teaching Award

    TORONTO, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - McMaster University Associate Professor of
Social Work Sheila Sammon has been named among Ontario's most outstanding
university teachers in a province-wide competition adjudicated by the Ontario
Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Awards Committee.
    Professor Sammon, who is described as "outstandingly skilled in holding
and using the resulting tensions between theory and practice, intellect and
emotion, action and reflection, classroom and field, individual and structural
levels of analysis", will receive a 2008-2009 OCUFA teaching award at an
October 3, 2009 ceremony in Toronto.
    "OCUFA's Awards Committee was impressed with Professor Sammon's
commitment to student engagement through field practice, class exercise, and
by pushing the boundaries of teaching and learning," said OCUFA President Mark
    One of her former students portrays her as "a kind, nurturing,
compassionate, thoughtful teacher and human being whom many students have been
fortunate enough to learn from."
    The five other teaching award recipients are: Associate Professor Nick
Bontis from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, Associate
Professor of Biology Clare Hasenkampf from the University of Toronto,
Scarborough Campus, Law Professor Lorne Sosin from the University of Toronto,
Professor of Mechanical and Mechatronics Gordon Stubley from the University of
Waterloo, and Assistant Professor of Earth Science Cameron Tsujita from the
University of Western Ontario.

    Founded in 1968, OCUFA represents 15,000 faculty and academic librarians
at 24 institutions across Ontario. OCUFA has been celebrating outstanding
achievement in teaching and academic librarianship at Ontario universities
since 1973. The awards committee selects up to six teaching award recipients
and one academic librarianship award recipient each year.

For further information:

For further information: Henry Mandelbaum, Executive Director, (416)
979-2117, Ext. 229,; or Mark Rosenfeld, Associate
Executive Director, (416) 979-2117, Ext. 233,

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