2013 Cormack Teaching Award Winners Announced

May 15, 2013

Dr. Jeremy Brown, Assistant Professor, History, studies modern China and has designed a range of courses on Chinese history at all instructional levels. Jeremy’s innovative teaching style includes inviting Chinese guest speakers to his classes, and assigning the creation of Wikipedia entries in order to instruct students about writing recent history. His engaging approach is clear from student feedback: “… the tutorials were fantastic”; and “I really enjoyed the combination of readings, movies and lectures to encourage discussion.”

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Dr. Michael Everton, Associate Professor, English, works on pre‑20th‑century American literature, for which he receives outstanding student evaluations and is described as “funny, intelligent, kind and conscientious”. He supervises an unusually large number of undergraduate honours projects, and increasing numbers of graduate students, while providing, as one student put it, “…ample, helpful feedback that, although a little uncomfortably truthful, is…well-founded.” Mike’s students particularly value his discussion-based style, his help with writing, and his “incredible passion for the material”.

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Dr. Neil Watson, Professor and Chair, Psychology, works in behavioural neuroscience, with a focus on behavioural neuroendocrinology. His teaching evaluations are consistently positive, with students describing Neil as passionate and knowledgeable, noting: “hard course… great instructor”. Neil co‑authoredBiological Psychology, one of the leading undergraduate textbooks in the field, and he recently completed a second undergraduate introductory textbook The Mind’s Machine: Foundations of Brain and Behaviour. In addition, he teaches numerous Honours students, as well as supervising graduate students. 

Learn more about Neil Watson 

The Cormack Awards were created in 2010 to recognize excellent and innovative teaching within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Nominations may come from students, colleagues, Chairs or Directors. Cormack Award winners receive their awards at the FASS annual reception and also make short presentations on their teaching in a public symposium (both events are held in the fall semester). New nominations will be solicited in February/March 2014.

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