Celebrating Excellence - 2017 Award Winners

Teaching Achievement Awards

Brian Greenspan

Associate Professor
Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Project: Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI@Carleton)

Brian Greenspan will use his award to create a Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI@Carleton), in cooperation with Carleton’s Global Academy. As a professional certificate school, DHSI@Carleton will offer a range of practical and theoretical courses to complement Carleton’s undergraduate and graduate programs in the Digital Humanities, while providing teaching opportunities for graduate students specializing in the field.

Iain McKinnell

Instructor II
Department of Biology
Faculty of Science

Project: Teaching Experimental Embryology with Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo The project, in collaboration with Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, will develop an innovative learning experience by offering interested biology students hands-on training in reptile embryology. Reptiles are amniotes, and represent a critical point of divergence in evolutionary history. Students will have the opportunity to study these model organisms and experimentally address questions related to vertebrate evolution and development, and stimulate further collaboration between our two organizations in the form of guest lectures, demonstrations and presentations.

Sandra Robinson

Instructor II
School of Journalism and Communication
Faculty of Public Affairs

Project: Developing a Data Analysis Platform for Communication and Media Studies Student Research

 The new course, COMS 4503: Data Mining and Analytics, is part of the suite of professional media workshops in the BCoMS program, and will provide opportunities for students to develop technical skills in media research as well as challenge them to learn how to tell interesting research stories with data, and to navigate the ethical dilemmas associated with big data. It has exciting opportunities for scalability that will benefit students throughout our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Michael Runtz

Instructor III
Department of Biology
Faculty of Science

Project: High-Definition Video Clips

Michael Runtz’s interests both academically and personally lie in natural history. His courses, all self-created, deal with living organisms, and all lectures are lavishly illustrated with personal photographs and video clips. With this award he will purchase super-high-definition video equipment that will allow him to make his courses come to life even more with the inclusion of professional quality video segments. These video clips can also be used by colleagues in the biology department for teaching and promotional purposes.

Professional Achievement Awards

Susan Birkwood

Instructor III
Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Literary works can spark a sense of recognition and a new understanding of ourselves; they can also introduce us to others in meaningful ways. Susan Birkwood feels privileged to facilitate such introductions and to trace the connections between texts and between different historical and cultural communities, all while helping students to develop the skills that they need to think critically and creatively, to construct arguments logically, and to communicate effectively. By scheduling guest speakers and by creating specific event-reflection assignments, she also endeavours to bring the arts community into the classroom and to encourage the class to go out into the arts community. Volunteering with the Ottawa International Writers Festival is just one way in which she works to create connections between the campus community and the vital and varied local arts scene.

Grégory Bulté

Instructor II
Department of Biology
Faculty of Science

Grégory Bulté is an animal ecologist interested in the ecology, behaviour and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. His current research focuses on the reproductive and social behaviours of freshwater turtles. He is developing new techniques to study these poorly understood behaviours in the field. The professional achievement award will be used to further this research.

Emily Gray

Instructor III
Sprott School of Business

Emily Gray is a dedicated and passionate instructor, teaching accounting and taxation in both the undergraduate program and the Masters of Accounting program. Since arriving at Carleton full-time in 2013, she has explored the regular, hybrid and on-line teaching models, and continually strives to improve learning when teaching in all of these formats. She spends much of her time leading the Sprott Competes program, training students to compete in business case competitions worldwide. This has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of her work. To witness the development of students into business leaders as they finesse their leadership, critical thinking, and communication skills is a true joy.

Janet Hempstead

Reference Librarian (Social Sciences)
MacOdrum Library

Since 2007, Janet Hempstead has been a social sciences reference librarian, supporting the research and teaching needs of the departments of Sociology and Anthropology, Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies. She has been involved in several initiatives with her departments, such as being a librarian-in-residence, and participating on degree program committees such as the Directed Interdisciplinary Studies Committee and the Disability Studies Committee. She has also been a part of the Ontario Council of University Libraries’ Collaborative Futures Program, which is exploring new ways higher education libraries can work together to create innovative, shared, and comprehensive services. Her research interests include feminist scholarship and pedagogy, workplace discourse, scholarly communication, and feminist and institutional ethnography.

Pat Moore

Systems Librarian (Digital Projects and Technologies)
MacOdrum Library

As Systems Librarian – Digital Projects and Technologies, Pat Moore’s work focuses on technical and process support for scholarly publication and digital preservation, particularly around opening access to research in its many and varied forms. She has an active interest in pedagogy across boundaries of mode, discipline and praxis. She has published and presented on open access, shifting research outputs and continuity. Her research activities focus on information behaviour and organizational change – with emphasis on information access, sharing, persistence and security.

Contract Instructor Teaching Awards

Janne Cleveland

Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

While completing her doctoral degree in the Cultural Mediations program at Carleton, Janne Cleveland began teaching as a Contract Instructor with the English department in 2002. She shares with her students a passion for learning by creating opportunities to engage directly and critically with the arts and artists whose works give voice to the struggles humanity faces in the 21st century. Over the course of her teaching she has brought poets, playwrights, and novelists to class. Most recently she brought renowned First Nations playwright Tomson Highway to Carleton for the benefit of first-year Drama Studies students, and the Carleton community. Ms. Cleveland passionately believes that learning goes well beyond the text. She invites her students to experience the joy of learning through exposure to theatre, opera, and the visual arts that enable them to develop their own critical perspectives in order to better understand how to navigate the worlds they inhabit.

James McKay

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Design

Jamie McKay (Peng) is Principal with Morrison Hershfield Limited Consulting Engineers in the Ottawa, Ontario office and has been in the Engineering/Sustainability field for over 15 years. Since 2012, he has taught the course ENVE 1001 – Architecture and the Environment with the Civil Engineering Department, and has been involved with the program since the beginning in 2011. His primary goal with students is to get them excited about sustainable design and helps them identify and strategize on the opportunities all around them (e.g., home, other engineering/non-engineering classes, summer jobs, and their lives). He has done this by teaching the vocabulary of sustainability (terms/concepts) to allow them to have a common voice, and then to open their minds and eyes to what is the true meaning of sustainability and what is “greenwashing.” With a knowledgeable voice, they can communicate clearly with each other and future colleagues/clients.

Erin Oldford

Sprott School of Business

Erin Oldford is a PhD student in the Sprott School of Business and has been a Contract Instructor for the past several years. She teaches introductory and advanced courses in Corporate and Investment Finance. Erin strives to make complex quantitative material easy for her students to understand, and she is known for utilizing a range of tools to engage students: trading simulations, assignments using real-time data, case-study analysis, and video solutions of complex problems.

There were no applications for the Contract Instructor Teaching Innovation Grant in 2017