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REF NO.: 85
SUBJECT: Memorial recognizes outstanding faculty and staff
DATE: Oct. 28
Memorial University recognized the efforts of its best teachers, researchers and staff members at a special ceremony held today at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.
Thirteen Memorial faculty members were honoured at the reception, six for outstanding research, two for distinguished teaching and five for exemplary service. Dr. Andrea Rose was also recognized for receiving the 3M Teaching Fellowship, a national honour awarded by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
Recipients of the President’s Award for Outstanding Research were: Dr. Joan Crane, Faculty of Medicine, Barbara Hunt, Visual Arts; and Dr. Brian Veitch, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Recipients of the designation University Research Professor were: Dr. James Hiller, History; and Dr. Brajendra C. Sutradhar, Mathematics and Statistics. President's Award for Distinguished Teaching went to Peggy Ann Coady, Faculty of Business Administration; and Kjellrun Hestekin, School of Music. And receiving the President’s Award for Exemplary Service were: Gary Clarke, Student Affairs and Services; Dorothy Joy, Faculty of Education; Kim Kelly, Student Affairs and Services; Ivan Muzychka, University Relations; and Robert Nichols, Human Resources.
Memorial began its annual presentation of the University Research Professor designations and the Awards for Outstanding Research in 1984, and the Distinguished Teaching Awards in 1988, as ways of singling out particularly distinguished contributions within its academic community.
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. 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. 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.
Biographical notes on award recipients:
University Research Professor
Dr. James Hiller, History
Dr. James Hiller has been a member of the History department since the early 1970s and served as the department head in the 1980s. His teaching fields have included Atlantic Canada, British and British imperial history, and architectural history. Dr. Hiller’s major research area is the history of Newfoundlandand Labradorsince the 18th century. His work has included studies of the Moravian Mission in Labrador, the colony’s political history, the railway, the development of the pulp and paper industry and the confederation period, 1945-49. Besides publishing articles on these topics, Dr. Hiller has written numerous entries for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, the Oxford Companion to Canadian History and other reference works. Assisted by the late Dr. Michael Harrington, he edited the debates and papers of the National Convention, 1946-48. He also co-authored, with Dr. Margaret Conrad, the first comprehensive single volume history of the four Atlantic Provinces. A Region in the Making was awarded a Clio Prize by the Canadian Historical Association. Dr. Hiller has acted as a consultant to the federal and provincial governments and is a former president of the Newfoundland Historical Society. His current projects include an edition of the hitherto unpublished debates of the Newfoundland legislature, 1932-33, an outline history of the Petit Nord concentrating on the impact of the French presence there, and a history of responsible government in Newfoundland from 1855-1914.
Dr. Brajendra C. Sutradhar, Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Brajendra C. Sutradhar is an outstanding Canadian researcher in statistical science. Since obtaining his PhD in 1984 from the Universityof Western Ontario, Dr. Sutradhar has made leading contributions to the study of statistics. Dr. Sutradhar is a world leader in three areas: longitudinal data analysis; generalized linear mixed models; and modeling data by using multivariate elliptical t distributions. He has published over 70 papers in international and national journals and delivered over 40 invited lectures at conferences around the world. He is held in high standing by the statistical community for his professional services that include his membership on the prestigious Advisory Committee on Statistical Methods of Statistics Canada for three years, membership on the NSERC grant selection committee, an associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Statistics.
President's Award for Outstanding Research
Dr. Joan Crane, Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Joan Crane graduated from Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine in 1989 and in 1994 completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology through Memorial and DalhousieUniversity. She went on to complete a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at Dalhousie in 1996 and a M.Sc. in community health and epidemiology in 1998. Dr. Crane is an associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology at Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine, practicing maternal fetal medicine with a cross-appointment in clinical epidemiology. Her research interests include induction of labour, preterm birth prediction and prevention and the use of randomized clinical trials. She has over
80 peer reviewed publications and abstracts, and has received national and international awards from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and the AmericanCollegeof Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
One of her co-workers praised Dr. Crane’s “outstanding” contribution to research. “Dr. Crane has managed to carry out a very large amount of research, generate grants, and teach critical appraisal and research methods, while at the same time being an excellent clinician.”
Barbara Hunt, Visual Arts
Barbara Hunt studied art at the Universityof Manitoba, receiving a visual art diploma with a thesis in printmaking in 1982. She established herself as a practicing artist in Winnipegin the 1980s. She then studied at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, in Vancouverin the early 1990s, and in 1994 received an MFA degree from ConcordiaUniversitywith a concentration in sculpture, ceramics and fibres. There are close ties between Newfoundlandand Irelandand, as a descendent of Irish pioneers, she was taught the textile skills expected of women. Living in Newfoundlandwith its rich tradition of textile practices has inspired her to focus on these practices and materials in her art and research. “Using textiles allows me to express my interest in the routines of everyday domesticity, the cycles of life and death, and the rituals of mourning,” explained Ms. Hunt. “In my art practice I attempt to mend separation and to reveal and recuperate the ‘feminine’ which historically has been discredited. By giving value to the humble and the hand-made, I hope to recuperate lost histories and encourage the reconsideration of traditional rituals within a contemporary context.”
Ms. Hunt has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Arts Councils of Ontario, Manitoba, and Quebec. She has carried out research in residencies in Canada, Parisand Ireland. She currently teaches sculpture and drawing at SirWilfredGrenfellCollege.
Dr. Brian Veitch, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Dr. Brian Veitch joined the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science in July 1998 as the Terra Nova Project Junior Chair. His goal was to generate new research activity relevant to the offshore petroleum sector, under the broad mantle of ocean environmental risk engineering. In his six years at Memorial, he has developed multidisciplinary research programs that encompass both risks to the ocean environment due to petroleum industry operations, and risks to personnel and installation safety posed by the ocean environment. Dr. Veitch has partnered successfully on many major projects with a wide network of other researchers in the university and beyond. It is the collaborative atmosphere generated by his colleagues and students that he says fosters innovation and provides an exciting, supportive learning environment. “From my perspective, this is an award for having the good fortune to have outstanding colleagues and students,” he said.
Distinguished Teaching Award
Peggy Ann Coady, Faculty of Business Administration
Peggy Ann Coady is the youngest recipient of the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. She 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’s Guide To Universities. In addition to pursuing a PhD from the Universityof Bathin the United Kingdom, Ms. Coady is actively involved with student activities including coaching undergraduate and graduate students in business case competitions.
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’s scholar, a winner of the Concordia Cup, and was named to the Dean’s List and as a Fellow of the Schoolof Graduate Studies.
Kjellrun Hestekin, Schoolof Music
Kjellrun Hestekin sums up her philosophy of teaching with a quote from the late John Paynter, professor of conducting at NorthwesternUniversity: “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.
Presidents’ Award for Exemplary Service
Gary Clarke, Student Affairs and Services
Gary Clarke has been employed by MemorialUniversitysince the late 1960s as the coordinator of student security under the direction of what was then known as Campus Security Services. Upon completion of the Thomson Student Centre, Mr. Clarke assumed the responsibilities of manager of the Breezeway Bar in addition to Student Security. In the mid 1970s, Mr. Clarke became the coordinator of Liquor Service under the direction of General Student Services and was dedicated to this position until the early 1980s when he was then given the responsibility of student entertainment under the direction of the Student Union. In the late 1990s Mr. Clarke assumed the role of assistant manager of the Student Union which still required him to manage the Breezeway and then he also resumed the role again of coordinating Student Security. In early 2000, Mr. Clarke assumed the new role of assistant manager with the Centre for Student Life under the auspice of Student Affairs and Services which he still holds today.
Through the various and diverse roles Mr. Clarke has assumed at Memorial, he has been dedicated and committed to student life and to the role as a student affairs professional. Mr. Clarke has been Memorial’s glue with student services, assuming not only the administrative duties that come with such a role, but also providing guidance and support to his many student staff in all areas of his career.
Dorothy Joy, Faculty of Education
Dorothy Joy’s commitment to the Faculty of Education and Memorial University is acknowledged to be outstanding in every way. For the past 14 years of her 26-year career at Memorial University, she has co-ordinated graduate programs in education with warmth, humour and enthusiasm. She provides information and advice on courses and programs to hundreds of applicants and graduate students every year. She believes that students deserve the highest quality education and she is willing to do whatever she can to ensure they receive an excellent program. Ms. Joy provides leadership among staff, working collaboratively with her colleagues to create an efficient and responsive environment which ensures that all students are served extremely well. Faculty members rely on her for information related to many aspects of graduate programming, which she provides with the friendliness and professionalism for which she is well known. Ms. Joy has great pride in her work and in the institution in which she is employed. Her buoyant personality, dedication, and expert influence are felt and appreciated by students and colleagues within the faculty of education and throughout Memorial University.
Kim Kelly, Student Affairs and Services
Kim Kelly began her career at Memorial in Housing, Food and Conference Services in 1995 and after eight years in Housing expanded her knowledge within Student Affairs and Services by moving to Career Development and Experiential learning and most recently to Answers – Centre for Student Life. Ms. Kelly dedication to the students at Memorial has extended well beyond nine to five. As one colleague stated, “The additional thousands of hours she has provided on her own time in the evening and on weekends, plus her genuine concern for the well being of the students at Memorial should be rewarded.” Ms. Kelly began the Peer Helper Program in Residence in 1996 which is still going strong today with over 20 volunteers. She is one of the founding members of Project Green on campus and began the environmental sustainability committee in residence. Ms. Kelly has also been a member of the Student Volunteer Bureau Advisory Board for years. She has always been involved in a variety of campus initiatives and activities, but as anyone who knows her can attest, she is a huge supporter of the Seahawks Basketball team. Ms. Kelly has positively impacted the lives of thousands of students and eased their transition to Memorial. She has repeatedly shown her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty for both students and staff.
Ivan Muzychka, University Relations
Ivan Muzychka came to the university in 1994 to work as the Information Officer (Research) and became manager of the Memorial University News Service in 1997. Over the decade, Mr. Muzychka has brought professionalism, creativity, dedication and enthusiasm to every task he has undertaken in his job and in numerous volunteer roles he has accepted both on campus and off. In his job he serves as Memorial’s main media relations contact and manages the various Memorial University News Service staff and programs, including the Gazette, MUN Today and Newsline. As manager of the News Service, Mr. Muzychka leads a group of communications professionals across the university tasked with ensuring that the story of Memorial is told often and well. He co-ordinates the effort required to produce the annual President’s Report which reflects the activities of the university to the world. This work, involving several university units, has garnered awards from external agencies and brought positive attention to Memorial.
Mr. Muzychka lends his time to university committees and other work beyond the scope of his job, and has played a lead role in the ad hoc committees that organize university-wide employee social functions such as the annual Christmas party and barbecue. He has also served on the board of the University Club.
Mr. Muzychka also gives back to his profession, serving as local chapter president and then district director (one of two in Canada) of the International Association of Business Communicators. He also served on the organizing committee for the annual conference of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education – the national organization of university advancement professionals – held in St. John’sin 1999.
Robert (Bob) Nichols, Human Resources
Bob Nichols began his career with Memorial in 1973 as a personnel technician II. He has moved into progressively responsible positions over the years. In 1989 he was promoted to assistant director of systems and payroll and in 1995, Bob became associate director and has acted as the director of Human Resources. Mr. Nichols’ long career has been marked by solid work ethic, quest for innovation, high ethical standards and a tenacious focus on achieving excellence. His contributions include overseeing the successful implementation of a Human Resource Information System in 1987; managing the integration of the Marine Institute’s human resources and payroll functions with Memorial’s systems; and devoting enormous time and energy as a member of CUPE and MUNFA negotiating teams. “In the people I have had the pleasure working with over the past 35 years at the university, I have to say that Bob ranks in the top five per cent when it comes to going the extra mile, being considerate of the needs of others, discharging his responsibilities to the institution and, perhaps most importantly, in the big scheme of life,” explained one person who nominated Mr. Nichols. “He is a decent, hardworking, dedicated and caring individual.”
3M Teaching Fellowship
Dr. Andrea Rose, Faculty of Education
Dr. Andrea Rose was named as one of the 10 national recipients of the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowships for 2003, awarded by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
The award recognizes excellence in teaching over an extended period of time principally, but not exclusively, at the undergraduate level and also acknowledges educational leadership in commitment to the improvement of university teaching within the candidate's own institution. Dr. Rose, a native of St. John’s, graduated from Memorial in 1979 with a B.Mus. and B.Mus.Ed.. In 1990, she returned to Memorial’s Faculty of Education to teach music education, having graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madisonwith a M.Mus. and a PhD in curriculum and instruction. Dr. Rose is a violinist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia and is chair of the NSO’s education committee. A passion for both her field and for teaching has resulted in the excellent learning experience Dr. Rose provides to students and the tireless service she has provided for the university and the music community. Now, that passion has earned her a prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship.
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