Ryerson University’s Lorraine Janzen Kooistra wins prestigious teaching award

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Toronto – Professor Lorraine Janzen Kooistra of Ryerson University has been named one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). Professor Janzen Kooistra, who teaches in the Department of English, will receive a 2012-2013 OCUFA Teaching Award at a September 28, 2013 ceremony in Toronto.

“Professor Lorraine Janzen’s research focus may be the literature of the 19th century, but she uses of technology and innovative classroom environments to make students feel like they’re very much learning in the 21st,” said Kate Lawson, President of OCUFA. “As a pioneer and leader in creating the learning experiences of the future, she is an outstanding choice for 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; Stephen G.A. Pitel, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, Western University; and Susan Vajoczki, Professor in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster 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.

Contact: Mark Rosenfeld, Executive Director, 416-979-217, Ext 229 mrosenfeld@ocufa.on.ca,
or Graeme Stewart, Communications Manager, 416-979-2117, Ext 232 gstewart@ocufa.on.ca