McMaster University’s Pippa Lock wins prestigious OCUFA teaching award

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TORONTO – Dr. Pippa Lock of McMaster University has been named one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). Lock, who teaches in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, will receive a 2014-2015 OCUFA Teaching Award at an October 24, 2015 ceremony in Toronto.

“As one of her students put it, Dr. Lock loves chemistry and teaches it with every fibre of her being,” said Andrea Buchholz, Chair of OCUFA’s Award Committee. “From her innovative methods, to her commitment to student mental health, she is a very deserving recipient of an OCUFA Teaching Award.”

The four other recipients of a 2014-2015 OCUFA Teaching Award are:

  • Greg Evans, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Vincent Hui, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University
  • Timothy S. O’Connell, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Brock University
  • Trent Tucker, College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph

“Professors and academic librarians are at the heart of our universities. They prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow, while discovering the ideas and knowledge that enrich all of our lives,” said Judy Bates, President of OCUFA. “OCUFA is honoured to recognize the dedication, skill, and passion of this year’s distinguished winners.”

Founded in 1964, OCUFA represents 17,000 professors and academic librarians in 28 faculty associations across Ontario. It is committed to enhancing the quality of higher education in Ontario and recognizing the outstanding contributions of its members towards creating a world-class university system. For more information, please visit the OCUFA website at


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