2010 Dean’s Medals

October 14, 2010

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Medal recognizes excellence in academic research, teaching, and service. Up to three candidates are awarded the medal each year as recommended by an independent review committee to the Dean. The recipients of the 2010 Dean’s Medal are Martin AndresenLeith Davis, and Luke Clossey.

Martin Andresen, School of Criminology
Winner of the Assistant/Associate Professor Dean’s Medal
In nominating Dr. Andresen, his colleagues described him as an “incredibly dedicated, conscientious and productive junior colleague who has made substantial and invaluable contributions to the School”. Dr. Andresen’s reputation with his students is exemplary. Since his first term, no less than 94 percent, and sometimes 100 percent of his students have rated his courses and teaching as either very good or good. He is an extremely popular supervisor of graduate students and is developing a significant following amongst those interested in environmental criminology. His research areas also include spatial crime analysis as well as crime and economics.
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Luke Clossey, Department of History
Winner of the Assistant/Associate Professor Dean’s Medal
Professor Luke Clossey was nominated by his peers who described him as a “deeply committed and highly effective teacher”. He was recently awarded the 2010 Canadian Historical Association's Wallace K. Ferguson prize for best book with non-Canadian subject matter. Dr. Clossey won this coveted honour for his book Salvation and Globalization in the Early Jesuit Missions. He is a productive and innovative researcher as well as a creative teacher. His contributions to the Department of History have been described as extraordinary.
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Leith Davis, Department of English
Winner of the Full Professor Dean’s Medal
Dr. Davis was described by her peers as a “highly regarded teacher and an outstanding scholar whose record of research and service represents a major contribution to both SFU and the wider academic and social community.” She has developed a stellar international profile as an expert on the historical relationship between literature and national identity in the British Isles during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. As Director of the Centre for Scottish Studies, Dr. Davis has fostered a seamless integration of scholarly and community interests, culminating in the recent establishment of the David and Mary Macaree Graduate Fellowship for SFU graduate students in FASS who are doing primary research on approved Scottish topics.
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