University of Guelph’s Daniel Gillis receives prestigious OCUFA teaching award

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TORONTO – Daniel Gillis, an Associate Professor in the School of Computing Science at the University of Guelph, has been named one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). He will receive a 2018-2019 OCUFA Teaching Award at an October 19 ceremony in Toronto, featuring award-winning journalist Robert Fisher.

“Daniel Gillis has succeeded in making the essential connection between what he teaches and the real world application of the skills developed by his students,” said Professor Judy Bornais, Chair of OCUFA’s Award Committee. “These transformative experiences empower his graduates to reach their potential and produce a profound social impact through the contributions they make in their communities.”

The other recipients of a 2018-2019 OCUFA Teaching Award are:

  • Sue Baptiste, Professor Emerita in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University
  • Jennifer Irwin, Associate Professor in the School of Health Studies at Western University
  • Andrew Petersen, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences at the University of Toronto Mississauga

“Faculty are at the heart of Ontario’s vibrant universities. Through their hard work and boundless energy, they inspire students to embrace new ideas and build a brighter future,” said OCUFA President Rahul Sapra. “This year’s distinguished award recipients are all dedicated and passionate teachers and mentors. OCUFA is honoured to recognize them with teaching and librarianship awards.”

Founded in 1964, OCUFA represents 17,000 faculty and academic librarians in 30 faculty associations across Ontario. For more information, please visit the OCUFA website at


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