Wilfrid Laurier’s Donna Kotsopoulos wins prestigious teaching award

TORONTO – Associate Professor Donna Kotsopoulos of Wilfrid Laurier University has been named one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). Prof. Kotsopoulos, who teaches in the Faculty of Education and the Department of Mathematics, will receive a 2013-2014 OCUFA Teaching Award at an October 25, 2014 ceremony in Toronto.

“Prof. Kotsopoulos is an inspirational mentor, and an innovator in mathematics education,” said OCUFA President Kate Lawson. “She combines research skill, teaching excellence, and a genuine concern for her students. We are honoured to present her with 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
  • Edmund Pries, Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Karen Reid, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto

“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 http://www.ocufa.on.ca.

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