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Honouring outstanding faculty and staff members

Memorial University recognized some of it top educators, researchers and staff members during a special ceremony Nov. 26 at the Fluvarium in St. John’s.

Twelve faculty and staff members were honoured at the reception, hosted by Dr. Christopher Loomis, president and vice-chancellor pro tempore of Memorial. Five employees were honoured for exemplary service, two faculty members for distinguished teaching, four for research and one faculty member was recognized for exceptional community service.

Dr. Loomis said the key to the university’s success is its people.

“Among our faculty and staff are many high achievers and award winners who receive local, national and international recognition for their innovative, exciting work,” he said. “Our 2009 award winners are dedicated teachers, researchers and employees nominated by their peers and their students. They’ve helped their students to discover their own ingenuity; they’ve carried out important and groundbreaking research, and inspired their co-workers as a consequence of their dedication to their work and to Memorial.”

Dr. Ali Aksu, Earth Sciences, and Dr. Diane Goldstein, Folklore, were named University Research Professors. University Research Professors have acquired a designation above the rank of professor. The title is the most prestigious award the university gives for research, and goes to faculty who have demonstrated a consistently high level of scholarship and whose research is of a truly international stature. The designation carries with it a $4,000 research grant (each year for five years) and a reduced teaching schedule.

Dr. Jeffrey Pittman, Faculty of Business Administration, and Dr. Terry-Lynn Young, Medicine, received the President’s Award for Outstanding Research.
The President’s Award for Outstanding Research recognizes researchers who have made outstanding contributions to their scholarly disciplines. Each award includes a $5,000 research grant.

Dr. Norm Catto, Geography, and Gerard Curtis, Visual Arts, Grenfell College, were presented President’s Awards for Distinguished Teaching which 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, Office of the President, and Instructional Development Office/Distance Education and Learning Technologies.

Dr. Jeremy Hall was awarded the President’s Award for Exceptional Community Service, presented each year in recognition of employees (faculty or staff) who have demonstrated outstanding community service. The inaugural award was presented in 2007.

And five Memorial employees received the President’s Awards for Exemplary Service: Jeff Green, Marketing and Communications; David Yetman, Harris Centre; Dennis Flynn, Faculty of Business Administration; Michael Jackson, Department: Social Science, Grenfell College; and Karen Morris, Biology.

The President’s Award for Exemplary Service is presented each year to recognize employees who have demonstrated outstanding service and/or who have made significant contributions to the university community beyond that normally expected for their positions. All non-academic staff of Memorial University and its Separately Incorporated Entities are eligible to be nominated.

The President’s Award for Exceptional Community Service and the President’s Award for Exemplary Service each carry a $1,000 award, respectively.
To learn more about the individual award winners, see