The three award winners hold their awards and pose for a group shot with Peter Ricketts

From left to right: Nduka Otiono, Peter Ricketts (Provost and Vice-President [Academic]), Christopher Dieni and Martin Geiger.

Carleton University is proud to announce that Christopher Dieni from the Institute of Biochemistry, Martin Geiger from the Department of Political Science and Nduka Otiono from the Institute of African Studies have been honoured with 2016 Capital Educators’ Awards.

The three Carleton educators were among 18 winners who were celebrated during EduGala 2016 at Algonquin College on May 19. The recipients were selected from a pool of 63 finalists from elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions.

All three Carleton winners were recognized for their passion for teaching and dedication to student success.

Dieni’s nominator noted that he goes above and beyond by sharing extra material that is directly related to the course. He is always readily available to his students and encourages them to participate in classroom demonstrations.

Geiger creates assignments that allow students to grasp difficult concepts while enhancing their overall learning experience. His nomination letter highlighted his unwavering dedication to fostering students’ careers and academic goals.

Otiono advocates for his students to showcase their talents and be leaders within their academic communities. His nomination showcased his passion for getting students to question their established views, re-evaluating their ideas on academic, professional and personal levels, to leave them feeling inspired.

The Capital Educators’ Awards recognize outstanding educators’ achievements and celebrate public education in the Ottawa area. For more information on the awards and this year’s winners, visit