The Faculty of Public Affairs celebrated the winners of the 2022 FPA Excellence Awards at a recent gathering on the Carleton University campus. The winners were chosen by a committee of colleagues, many of whom gathered for the event. Dean Brenda O’Neill offered remarks in honour of the recipients.

“Your work has contributed to our mission — whether through your research, your work in the classroom, your expertise shared with the public, or your administrative support for our students,” said Dean O’Neill. “I hope this award is a reminder that the work you are doing is important, that you are making a difference in the world and in the lives of our students.”

Meet this year’s winners:

Graeme Auld, School of Public Policy and Administration

(full professor)

Graeme Auld

Graeme Auld. Photo by Bryan Gagnon

Graeme Auld is recognized for his contributions in three areas: efforts to govern sustainability through markets (eco-labeling, global value chains, private certification), analytical approaches for structuring problems to find policy solutions (climate change, pandemics), and multi-disciplinary, collaborative scholarship on conservation policy and practice (ecosystem services as a guide for policy action on conservation). He has published extensively across the disciplines, and has active grant-funded projects focused on decentred governance in a digital age and political economy of private auditors in transnational sustainability governance.

Vicky McArthur, School of Journalism and Communication

(associate professor)

Vicky McArthur

Vicky McArthur. Photo by Bryan Gagnon

Vicky McArthur is the director of the Media Production and Design program. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work intersects with various fields, including human-computer interaction, game studies and feminist techno science. Her current research focus is on storytelling and augmented reality and self-representation in virtual reality and games.

Stéfy McKnight, School of Journalism and Communication

(assistant professor)

Stéfy McKnight

Stéfy McKnight. Photo by Bryan Gagnon

Stéfy McKnight is an assistant professor in the Media Production and Design program. McKnight is director of PROTOHYVE: Centre for Innovative Research-Creation and SurveillART: Laboratory for Disruptive Exhibitionism. Their research examines research-creation as a methodology for knowledge production and fact-based storytelling.

FPA Teaching Excellence Awards

The Faculty of Public Affairs Teaching Excellence Awards recognize one full-time faculty member and one contract instructor for consistency in teaching excellence over time and across courses, successful innovation in curriculum or classroom instruction, and commitment to student advising and engagement.

Emily Hiltz, School of Journalism and Communication


Emily Hiltz

Emily Hiltz. Photo by Bryan Gagnon

Emily Hiltz is an instructor and the co-op faculty advisor for the Communication and Media Studies program. Her teaching and research focus on advancing creative, interdisciplinary and critical approaches to studying visual media culture, identity, and online communication. Her research contributes to visual culture studies, feminist intersectional media studies, and critical media approaches to crime.

Maha Abdullah, Infrastructure Protection and International Security

(contract instructor)

Maha Abdullah

Maha Abdullah. Photo by Bryan Gagnon

Maha Abdallah is a contract instructor in the Infrastructure Protection and International Security program within the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA).

Her expertise is in structural engineering with a focus on strengthening and rehabilitation techniques of infrastructures. She teaches the Infrastructure Engineering Principles course.

Teaching Fellowship

Trish Audette-Longo, School of Journalism and Communication

Trish Audette-Longo

Trish Audette-Longo. Photo by Bryan Gagnon

The FPA Teaching Fellowship provides full–time faculty and instructors with an opportunity to innovate and to demonstrate leadership in teaching through submission of a project proposal, as well as to reward teaching excellence.

Trish Audette-Longo teaches digital journalism and reporting. Trish’s research interests include: digital, start-up and alternative journalism and media; journalism education; climate change and petro culture studies. 

Public Commentary Excellence Award

Sarah Everts, School of Journalism and Communication

Sarah Everts

Sarah Everts. Photo by Bryan Gagnon

The Public Commentary Excellence Award recognizes a significant contribution by a faculty member in sharing expertise and research with the media or community, enhancing public understanding of the issues of the day, and stimulating dialogue and discourse among the public at large.

Sarah Everts is the CTV Chair in Digital Science Journalism in the School of Journalism and Communication. Her 2021 book, The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Perspiration was included on the New York Times 2021 summer reading list, the “Best of 2021” lists for Outside Magazine and Smithsonian, and it won an Audie Award for one of the best audiobooks of the year.

Staff Excellence Award

Brookes Fee, Department of Political Science

The Staff Excellence Award recognizes excellence in customer service, dedication to students, innovation, building collaborative relationships and demonstrated engagement with unit, Faculty or University priorities.

Brookes Fee is the graduate administrator in the Department of Political Science.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 in ,
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