President's Report 2007

Distinguished Teaching Awards

Presidentís 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.

Michael Bruce-Lockhart, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Michael Bruce-Lockhart

Michael Bruce-Lockhart comes from a long line of teachers. His great-grandfather founded two well-known schools and his grandfather received a Legion díHonneur from the French government, essentially for the invention of French immersion. Mr. Bruce-Lockart received his bachelorís and masterís degrees in electrical engineering from M.I.T. and came straight to Memorial in 1971. He left in 1975 for four years to join the provinceís first high-tech start-up and learned what engineering was really all about. In January of 1979 he returned to Memorial and has been here ever since. Prof. Bruce-Lockhart has taught 28 separate courses, many of which he created from scratch, and has been more or less continuously active in the development of both the engineering curriculum and its computing infrastructure. For the last nine years he has been deeply involved in developing the Teaching Machine, an animation program developed with Theo Norvell. While the primary goal has been to develop a tool that would help students visualize how programs work, it also enables the researchers to practice software design and development at a very high level.

Dr. Ursula Kelly, Faculty of Education

Dr. Ursula Kelly

Born in Gambo, Newfoundland, Dr. Ursula Kelly received three degrees from Memorial University prior to receiving a PhD from the University of Toronto in 1988. Before joining the Faculty of Education at Memorial, she taught for several years at both Saint Maryís University and Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. In 1995, she was voted Best College/University Professor by readers of a Halifax-based arts magazine. She is the author of two books, Marketing Place: Cultural Politics, Regionalism and Reading, and Schooling Desire: Literacy, Cultural Politics and Pedagogy, as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her teaching, research, and writing interests are within cultural studies, literacies and language studies, and social justice education.

Her current research centres on cultural loss, identity and change and issues of education, broadly conceived, in times of social and cultural transition such as that now being experienced in Newfoundland and Labrador. This research is now being documented in a solo authored book entitled Towards an Educational Discourse of Loss. As well, she is co-editor of two collections of essays: Despite this Loss, with her colleague Elizabeth Yeoman, which is accepted for publication by ISER Books; and Narrating Transformative Education, with her colleague, Morgan Gardner, which is accepted for publication by Palgrave MacMillan.