The University of Toronto’s Karen Reid wins prestigious teaching award

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TORONTO – Senior Lecturer Karen Reid of the University of Toronto has been named one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). Ms. Reid, who teaches in the Department of Computer Science, will receive a 2013-2014 OCUFA Teaching Award at an October 25, 2014 ceremony in Toronto.

“Ms. Reid is a gifted experiential educator who creates meaningful and powerful learning opportunities for her students,” said OCUFA President Kate Lawson. “She has improved computer science education at U of T and across Canada, and is a deserving recipient of an OCUFA Teaching Award.”

The five other recipients of a 2013-2014 OCUFA Teaching Award are:

  • Marshall Beier, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, McMaster University
  • Tamara Kelly, Associate Lecturer in the Department of Biology, York University
  • Margaret Jane Kidnie, Professor in the Department of English, Western University
  • Donna Kotsopoulos, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Department of Mathematics, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Edmund Pries, Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

“We need universities to fuel the future, and you can’t have great universities without great professors,” said Lawson. “This year’s winners of the OCUFA Teaching Award embody the commitment, skill, and passion that create incredible learning opportunities for students across Ontario.

Founded in 1964, OCUFA represents 17,000 professors and academic librarians in 28 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


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