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Congratulations to Dr. Vanessa Watts! Recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning.

“Five faculty members have been awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning for their commitment to education through innovation, continued excellence in teaching and enhanced student learning.

Each of this year’s recipients were praised for their initiative, their passion for innovative and student-centred teaching and their willingness and generosity when it comes to sharing insights and techniques with their colleagues.

Award recipients are nominated by peers, campus leaders or partners within the campus community, and nominations are evaluated by a selection committee appointed by the president. The achievements of the award winners will be showcased as part of the Spring Convocation virtual celebrations.”


Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies & Sociology; Paul R. MacPherson Chair in Indigenous Studies

“[Vanessa Watts] is a tremendously talented, inspirational, generous, and insightful scholar, researcher, teacher, community leader, and mentor who has made significant contributions academically to her field and practically in her work with Indigenous communities. She has proven her ability to lead and collaborate on projects, to mentor and support students and research partners, and to engage in ethical and reciprocal relationships with communities. Dr. Watts has a remarkable ability to touch people personally, to inspire giving and to lead.”

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