Recognizing excellence in teaching

Distinguished teaching award for Volk

Dr. Maureen Volk, School of Music, has received an Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teaching Award for 2011. She was commended by the association for the time and attention she devotes to her students and the resources she has developed to enhance students' learning.

3M Award for TA Loeffler

Congratulations to Dr. T.A. Loeffler, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, for receiving one of the most prestigious honours in teaching; a 3M National Teaching Fellowship for 2008. In this video, Dr. Loeffler reveals how she came to be nominated for this award and what receiving it means to her and to Memorial.

President's Award for Distinguished Teaching

The President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching is presented annually, and recognizes excellence in teaching over an extended period of years. It honours faculty who have demonstrated creativity and enthusiastic commitment to teaching, and have animated student interest in their discipline.


Currently a professor with the School of Nursing, Dr. Sandra MacDonald started working at Memorial in 1989. She is associated with the Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education and teaches courses in medical surgical nursing theory, nursing leadership and management. She also worked with Dr. Ian Bowmer to design the first interprofessional education (IPE) module.
Dr. Lynn Morrissey is an assistant professor, teaching communications at the Faculty of Business Administration. She is a course coordinator for the faculty's research and writing program, and also oversees an applied research course for senior undergraduate students studying abroad. As a faculty advisor to Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) Memorial, she guided the team to national and international awards, including the SIFE World Cup championship in 2008 in Singapore.


Dr. Leslie Phillips, School of Pharmacy, is a seven-time recipient of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Teaching. It's an adventure to be a student in her classroom because at any point you can expect to engage in activities such as donning headphones to experience auditory hallucinations, taste testing laxitives or swallowing a variety of placebo medications.
Dr. Kati Szego, cross-appointed with the School of Music and the Department of Folklore, began her career at Memorial in 1995 but has already created four new courses in world music, three courses specific to the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador and has become a central figure in the development of the MA and PhD programs in ethnomusicology.


For 20 years students at Memorial have sought out Dr. Norm Catto to learn the answers to their geographical questions. Whether he's using maps and charts in the field or telling stories and sharing photos in the classroom, he's constantly engaging students as he shares in this video.

You can learn a lot about teaching when you spend 16 years as the only art historian at work in the university. Dr. Gerard Curtis' years in the Division of Fine Arts at Grenfell Campus have led him to develop over 20 courses in in visual culture, art history and historical studies.


Dr. Maureen Volk has been on faculty at Memorial University since 1979 and served as director of the School of Music from 1990-2000. She currently teaches piano, piano literature and pedagogy, and aural skills. She has performed as a recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician in Canada and the United States. Dr. Volk speaks about her teaching philosophy in the following video.

Memorial's educators hounoured

Some of Memorial University’s best educators were honoured at a special ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 at The Fluvarium in St. John’s.

The President’s Awards for Distinguished Teaching went to Dr. Christopher Sharpe, Geography, and Dr. Katherine Gallagher, Business Administration.

Dr. Geoffrey Rayner-Canham, a professor of chemistry at Memorial's Corner Brook campus, Grenfell Campus, was recognized for his achievement in being named a 3-M Teaching Fellow, recognizing him as one of the top university teachers in the country.


Awards and Honours

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