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Distinguished Teaching Awards

President’s Awards for Distinguished Teaching recognize the teaching excellence in the university community. Each winner of the teaching award receives a $5,000 grant contributed by the Memorial University Alumni Association.

Pauline Downer

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Pauline Downer

Since joining Memorial’s faculty of Business Administration in 1990, Pauline Downer has long been a favourite professor with students. Ms. Downer earned a B.Comm. (Co-op) (Hons.) and an MBA from Memorial and also earned her chartered accountant designation. She teaches in the areas of accounting, tax regulation, and small business and entrepreneurship. “As a professor I can’t make students learn but I can help them,” she said. “The most rewarding part of teaching is knowing you helped a student learn and reach their potential. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve absorbed all the course material but that they’ve learned throughout the semester that they can tackle any challenge.”

Dr. Leonard Lye

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Dr. Leonard Lye

Dr. Leonard Lye teaches civil engineering and has been with Memorial University since 1988. His research interests are in statistical and stochastic hydrology, environmental statistics, design of experiments, and hydraulics and hydrology. He is also a consultant to various companies and has also taught professional development courses in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and Canada. In addition to this award, Dr. Lye is the winner of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador Teaching Award (2001). Dr. Lye is also president of Com-Adv Devices Inc., a company he formed with former student Chris Butt. Besides academic and entrepreneurial interests, Dr. Lye is the founder of the Tetra Society of North America, an innovative charity dedicated to helping people with disability by building and designing assistive devices that are not available in the market place.

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