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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.

Peggy Ann Coady

Peggy Ann Coady began teaching accounting full time at Memorial's Faculty of Business Administration in 1997 and has received many teaching honours including the Dean's Award for Teaching, the students' Professor of the Year and recognition as one of Memorial's Popular Profs as noted in Maclean's Magazine Guide To Universities.

Ms. Coady was awarded both the University Medal for Academic Excellence in Business Administration and the University Medal for Academic Excellence in an All-Course Master's Program. As a student, Ms. Coady was named a Sobey scholar, a winner of the Concordia Cup, and was named to the Dean's List and a Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies. She articled with Deloitte & Touche LLP and received the Chartered Accountant designation in 1993.

Kjellrun Hestekin

Kjellrun Hestekin sums up her philosophy of teaching with a quote from the late John Paynter, professor of conducting at Northwestern University: "Know your stuff, know who you're stuffing, and stuff 'em." Knowing her stuff began in Ms. Hestekin's early years with participation in school bands and church choirs, and continued through university studies in music theory and wind band conducting. Her research interests include analysis of core repertoire for the wind ensemble. She also enjoys composition and arranging for a variety of ensembles and is still an active performer in both instrumental and choral ensembles. Knowing "who you're stuffing" is a multifaceted challenge, she said, which requires "remembering that the brains we are trying to stuff belong to real, individual people, each with his or her own strengths, goals and hang-ups. The constant endeavour to devise more effective means of stuffing requires the same degree of creativity as the best research." Kjellrun Hestekin holds degrees from the University of Kansasand the University of Wisconsin, as well as a graduate diploma in wind repertoire and conducting from the University of Calgary. Ms. Hestekin joined the faculty of Memorial's Schoolof Music at its inception in 1976.