Award winners

Excellence in teaching

The Cormack Awards were established by former Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean Lesley Cormack in 2010 to celebrate excellence and innovation in teaching within the faculty. The award recognizes the passion that faculty bring to the classroom, quality of pedagogy and the value they bring to their students’ education and the FASS teaching community.

The Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences presents up to four Cormack Teaching Awards annually, one each at the ranks of lecturer (or senior lecturer or university lecturer), assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor.

2019 Cormack Award winners

Danielle Murdoch, Lecturer, Criminology

Danielle Murdoch has established an exemplary record since joining the School of Criminology in 2016 where she teaches in the areas of criminal justice, women and justice, and corrections and correctional practice. Danielle gets students genuinely excited about her courses with guest speakers, a variety of accessible media formats, and assignments that are adaptable to different modes of learning. She is also strongly committed to supporting student mental health and wellness.

Nicolas Fillion, Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Nicolas Fillion has devoted himself to gaining converts to the study of Logic, a subject that many students think they will not understand or enjoy. Enrolments in Philosophy’s foundational logic courses have more than doubled since Nicolas began teaching them. Since 2017, has has actively lobbied the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch to instate Philosophy as a teachable subject.

Panos Pappas, Associate Professor, Linguistics

Over his career at Simon Fraser University since 2002, Panos Pappas has built an impressive portfolio of teaching in subjects as varied as Modern Greek to Syntax and Sociolinguistics. He is a worthy ambassador for the Cormack Award for his dedication to teaching students at all levels, his commitment to advancing research and design of student evaluations of teaching, and exceptional service to the community of teaching.

Marianne Ignace, Professor, First Nations Language Program

Since her initial appointment in 1988 in Anthropology and First Nations Studies, Marianne Ignace has self-consciously evolved and adapted her teaching to accommodate an astonishing breadth and interdisciplinary fusion of perspectives. Marianne has distinguished herself with extraordinary service and leadership in teaching Indigenous students from rural communities who are the first in their families to venture into postsecondary education, often in the context of being survivors or children of survivors of Indian Residential Schools.

Cormack Symposium videos

On the ninth anniversary of the Cormack Awards to celebrate FASS’s most engaged and engaging teachers, we asked the question: why care about teaching? The Cormack winners provided their personal take on how we find the reasons to invest our time, energy and care into teaching our students.

Past winners

2018:  Tina Adcock, Assistant Professor (History); Douglas Allen, Professor (Economics); Leith Davis, Professor (English); Dai Heide, Senior Lecturer (Philosophy); Steve Weldon, Associate Professor (Political Science)

2017:  Rebecca Cobb (Psychology); Ashley Farris-Trimble (Linguistics)

2016: Lara Aknin (Psychology); Gregory Dow (Economics); Sarah Walshaw (History); Richard Wright (Psychology)

2015: Elise Chenier (History); Alex Moens (Political Science); Bidisha Ray (History); Aaron Windel (History)

2014: David Coley (English); Sheri Fabian (Criminology); Jack Martin (Psychology); Roxanne Panchasi (History)

2013: Jeremy Brown (History); Mike Everton (English); Neil Watson (Psychology)

2012: John Bogardus (Sociology & Anthropology); John Harriss (International Studies); Nicole Jackson (International Studies); Kate Slaney (Psychology)

2011: Alison Ayers (Sociology & Anthropology/ Political Science); Dave Cox (Economics); Alec Dawson (History/Latin American Studies)

2010: Lara Campbell (Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies); Nicky Didicher (English); Yue Wang (Linguistics)