McMaster University’s Susan Vajoczki wins prestigious teaching award

Toronto — Professor Susan Vajoczki of McMaster University has been named one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). Professor Vajoczki, who sadly passed away in 2012, taught in the school of Geography and Earth Sciences. She will receive a posthumous 2012-2013 OCUFA Teaching Award at a September 28, 2013 ceremony in Toronto.

“Professor Vajoczki was an outstanding leader in the field of teaching and learning, an excellent teacher, and a mentor to countless colleagues,” said Kate Lawson, President of OCUFA. “Although we are saddened by the loss of such an inspirational educator, we are very happy to honour her with an OCUFA Teaching Award.”

The five other recipients of an OCUFA Teaching Award are: Catherine Bruce, Associate Professor in the School of Education and Professional Learning, Trent University; Richard Caron, Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Windsor; Brent E. Faught, Professor of Epidemiology in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Brock University; Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Professor of English in the Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University; and Stephen G.A. Pitel, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, Western University.

“Every day, Ontario’s professors make incredible things happen in our classrooms and labs,” said Lawson. “This year’s winners exemplify the commitment, passion, and dedication to student success that produce outstanding learning across the province.”

Founded in 1964, OCUFA represents 17,000 faculty and academic librarians in 27 faculty associations across Ontario. It has been celebrating outstanding achievement in teaching and academic librarianship at Ontario universities since 1973. For more information, please visit the OCUFA website at http://www.ocufa.on.ca.

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