Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Achievements

Emberley and Davey named to Royal Society of Canada

emberleyJulia Emberley and Frank Davey, Department of English and Writing Studies, have been named among 90 newly elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences. Read more


2014 Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research

weijerCongratulations to Charles Weijer (professor in the departments of Philosophy and Medicine, and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics) on receiving the 2014 Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research. This honour recognizes faculty members with outstanding international reputations for their contributions in research – one of the defining hallmarks of a university. Two prizes are offered annually, one in the area broadly defined as the natural sciences and engineering, one in the social sciences and humanities. Read more


bruhmCongratulations to Dr. Steven Bruhm, who has been named this year's recipient of the F.E.L. Priestley Prize for the best article in English Studies in Canada in 2013 at ACCUTE's Celebration of Research Reception. The award is for his essay "The Counterfeit Child," which is published in a special double issue titled "Childhood and Its Discontents," edited by Nat Hurley. This essay began life as an ACCUTE Plenary Address in Fredericton in 2011 and was also presented at the London Public Library in October 2012. Also of note: this essay is part of an issue that has now been downloaded more times than any other issue in the journal's history. The full article citation is "The Counterfeit Child," English Studies in Canada 38.3-4 (2013): 25-44. Watch Steven’s London Public Library talk on “The Counterfeit Child,” as part of the Faculty Lecture Series, here: http://tinyurl.com/kq7ywk8


randallMarilyn Randall, French Studies, has made the shortlist for the 2013 Gabrielle Roy Prize (French Section) for her recent work Les femmes dans l’espace rebelle (Nota Bene, collection « Convergences »), which each year honours the best work of Canadian or Quebecois literary criticism published in French. The winner will be announced publicly on May 24th, 2014. 


2014 Sobey Art Award List Announced

jazvacWestern Visual Arts studio faculty member Kelly Jazvac & alumnus Jean-Paul Kelly (BFA 2001) have both made the 2014 Sobey Art Award Longlist.


2014 Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Fellowships.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is proud to announce this year's Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholars, David Wilson (Classical Studies) and Ileana Paul (Linguistics). This Faculty-based award recognizes Wilson and Paul's prominent contributions as internationally-recognized researchers in their field. Appointments to the Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Fellowship are for a one-year period and will provide faculty members with one half-course teaching relief, allowing them to focus on research.

wilsonDavid Wilson (Classical Studies)

David Wilson is Associate Professor in the Department of Classical Studies. His research interests lie in archaeology of the Prehistoric Aegean, with special focus on the Early Bronze Age Cyclades and Crete and the use of pottery as evidence for social function and organization.


paulIleana Paul (Linguistics) 

Ileana Paul is an Associate Professor in the Department of French Studies, and teaches within the Program in Linguistics. She works on the structure of Malagasy, the language spoken in Madagascar.


2014 Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Awards

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Awards, handed out annually to a full-time and part-time faculty member who demonstrates a level of excellence in the areas of classroom and seminar teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, course design, curriculum development, thesis supervision and educational outreach. Each will receive a grant to be used to enhance research and/or educational development.

pearsonWendy Pearson (Women's Studies and Feminist Research)

Marielle Aylen (Visual Arts/Writing Studies) 


Philosophy's Harper honoured for recent publication

harper

Congratulations to William L. Harper, 2014 recipient of the Patrick Suppes Prize in Philosophy of Science in recognition of his book "Isaac Newton’s Scientific Method: Turning Data into Evidence about Gravity and Cosmology" published in 2012 by Oxford University Press. Read more


Grad students take second place in provincial competition

cultureplexCongratulations goes out to two of our Hispanic Studies PhD Students, David Brown and Javier de la Rosa.  They teamed up and entered the Communitech Data.Base Challenge.  Out of a few hundred teams that applied, David and Javier's project was selected to be one of the five finalists to come to Waterloo last weekend and present their project to a panel of judges.  Their project  DATA.CARE: Data for a Healthier Ontario, won second place.


Western names Excellence in Teaching winners

garberCongratulations to Larry Garber, English and Writing Studies, on receiving the 2014 Angela Armitt Award for Excellence in Teaching by Part-Time Faculty. Larry Garber has been teaching creative writing with tremendous success for years – as the publishing record of his students reflects. Garber applies to his courses the same recipe required to write creatively: discipline, dedication and a critical mind unafraid to adapt. You need all this to find the best material possible for each course – reading dozens of portfolios in order to find the 12 pupils who will create an ideal environment for writing. Each course then becomes a creation in itself, tailored and designed to the needs of each new cohort, where the carefully selected pupils will learn to live as writers, learning discipline and dedication, and developing their critical-yet-supporting minds, and who will not be afraid to challenge themselves and adapt.

When Garber’s life as a full-time professor came to an end because of mandatory retirement, he returned as a part-time faculty to continue his lifelong mission of teaching creative writing – creatively.


Congratulations to our 2014 Faculty Scholars

Western recently selected 13 Faculty Scholars to recognize their significant achievements in teaching or research. The recipients are considered all-around scholars and will hold the title of Faculty Scholar for two years and receive $7,000 each year for scholarly activities. This year’s Faculty Scholars include John Nassichuk, French Studies; Chris Roulston, French Studies and Women’s Studies and Feminist Research. Congratulations!

nassichukJohn Nassichuk (French Studies)

John Nassichuk's research is in the area of French and Neo-Latin literature of the Renaissance period, with particular attention to the multiple relationships between Italian Quattrocento humanism – especially that of Naples -- and Northern Renaissance culture. He also maintains an interest in Biblical paraphrases and adaptations, both in Latin and the vernacular languages. 

roulstonChris Roulston (French Studies/Women's Studies)

Chris Roulston teach on the history of sexuality, intersectionality, and on current trends in queer theory. Her current research looks at how legal discourse in the nineteenth century dealt with the notion of deviant female sexuality when, in fact, women were not technically subject to 'sodomy' laws.


Leonard honoured for lifetime of Milton work

leonardby Adlea Talbot, Western News, March 13, 2014

It’s all in a life’s – not a day’s – work for John Leonard.

The Western English professor and renowned scholar in studies of poet John Milton has been named the 2014 Honoured Scholar of the Milton Society of America. The honour, established in 1948, represents a lifetime achievement award. Leonard is the sixth Canadian – and third Western professor – to receive this honour. Read more


Goldschläger recieves award from French Ambassador

frenchOn February 11, French Studies professor Alain Goldschläger received France’s ordre des Palmes Académiques (order of Academic Palms) from Philippe Zeller, the Ambassador of France to Canada. Originally a decoration founded by Emperor Napoléon, the award recognizes major contributions to French national education and culture. Goldschläger, who established Western’s Holocaust Literary Research Institute, was honoured for his work with the International Task Force for Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research. 


2012-2013 Achievements

2013 Governor General's Gold Medal

pattonCongratulations to Andy Patton, PhD, winner of the 2013 Governor General's Gold Medal. This award recognizes academic excellence and acknowledges Andy's outstanding contribution to the field of Art and Visual Culture. Andy wishes to thank his committee, Patrick Mahon (supervisor), David Merritt, and James Flath, for their support and criticism throughout his PhD.


2012-13 Western Faculty Scholar Award

faflakJoel Faflak Department of English and Writing Studies, School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities

Congratulations to Dr. Joel Faflak on being named Western Faculty Scholar for 2012-13. Dr. Faflak is Associate Professor in the Department of English and the inagural Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities.

2012-13 Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching

brushKathryn Brush Department of Visual Arts

In her 26 years at Western, Visual Arts professor Kathryn Brush has distinguished herself as both teacher and researcher, as her research has always nourished her teaching. Her area of expertise, Medieval Art and Architecture, is not one that immediately appeals to students, but she has a remarkable ability to shift expectations and generate enthusiasm. Working with her students, she has also reached out into the larger community with her exhibitions at Museum London. She has worked with her graduate students to publish a collection of essays developed from a graduate course and exhibition, Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier (2010). In fall 2012, she organized a teaching exhibition on Arts of Pilgrimage: Experiencing the Medieval Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, that emerged from her current undergraduate course on Romanesque and Gothic Art, and which included collaboration with local pilgrims who had made the medieval-inspired pilgrimage. This initiative is typical of Brush’s teaching, which forges connections with lived experience and the life of the wider community. She manages not only to bridge historical periods, medieval to modern, but to bridge geographically as well. Perhaps the most remarkable quality of this remarkable teacher is the selfless way in which she showcases her students rather than herself. The two websites that have come out of her seminars and exhibitions put the students front and centre. Her courses knit together the best classroom experience with extramural activities that are not embellishments, but are absolutely central to the curriculum.


2012-13 Marilyn Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching
& Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies

knabeSusan Knabe, Women's Studies and Feminist Research

Susan Knabe is a brilliant and popular teacher jointly appointed in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) and the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research. Her students and colleagues praise her as a generous and tireless mentor, the kind of professor who “changes lives,” “turns people around” and “turns even the toughest situation into an occasion for learning.” Knabe is a prolific course designer and curriculum developer. She has played a key role in developing a Major in Sexuality Studies, the Teaching Support Centre’s Master Class Program as well as a dozen innovative and wildly successful courses in both Women’s Studies and FIMS. Students “talk about these courses with joy,” her colleagues report, and “buzz with excitement” about their assignments, many of which spill out of the classroom and into the public sphere. Knabe’s students engage in “culture jamming” activities, create wikis and e-zines, and plaster campus with awareness-raising banners, posters and art. Knabe is also the creator and driving force behind Flaunting It, the interdisciplinary undergraduate conference on gender and sexuality, now in its eighth year. Service-learning options take Knabe’s students into the community. Those in Knabe’s Feminist Theory and Practice course, for example, really do both theory and practice, connecting classroom discussions to placements in organizations like Big Sisters, the London Abused Women’s Centre and the Sexual Assault Centre of London. Knabe is deeply committed to the teaching mission of the university in its broadest sense, making a difference in her students’ lives and empowering them to make a difference in the world around them.


2012-13 Scotiabank/University Students' Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

This award is handed out annually to a full-time and part-time faculty member who demonstrates a level of excellence in the areas of classroom and seminar teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, course design, curriculum development, thesis supervision and educational outreach.

kidnieM.J. Kidnie, Department of English and Writing Studies

M.J. Kidnie specializes in early modern drama and textual studies; much of her work focuses on Shakespeare and drama and the challenges of adaptation. Kidnie teaches a popular, interactive course on Shakespeare and Drama where her boundless energy inspires students to bring the texts to life. Kidnie has been instrumental in building a strong relationship between Western's English Department and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Kidnie is regularly invovled in educational outreach, engaging theatre patrons through workshops, articles and lectures. M.J. Kidnie has also lectured at Shakespeare's Globe in London and acted as textual and academic adviser for the Royal National Theatre in London. Kidnie's creativity and passion for teaching is evident in her classroom, where she regularly transforms a basic room into a place where students are engaged and enlightened as the texts are brought to life.

Mitsume Fukui, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Mitsume Fukui has taught Japanese at Western since 2004 and is consistently one of the most popular instructors in the department. Fukui not only teaches the fundamentals of Japanese language, but she takes great pride in her role as a cultural ambassador. Students are immersed in lessons about Japanese culture, inter-ethnic communication and tolerance, as well as cultural sensitivities. Many of her students have gone on to win annual Japanese speech contests, but more importantly, they learn valuable life lessons along the way and forever have an appreciation and understanding of new cultures.


2012-13 Arts & Humanities Teaching Excellence Award

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Awards, handed out annually to a full-time and part-time faculty member who demonstrates a level of excellence in the areas of classroom and seminar teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, course design, curriculum development, thesis supervision and educational outreach. Each will receive a grant to be used to enhance research and/or educational development.

hartleyMichelle Hartley (P/T) Department of English

Michelle Hartley has an outstanding record of teaching excellence in a variety of fields, and has made longstanding contributions to the Faculty. Hartley has worked with programs on main campus, as well as at the affiliated university colleges: Brescia, Huron and King's. From curriculum development to course delivery, Michelle utilizes technology in ways that inspire and excite her students. She finds unique ways to connect with her students, both in the classroom and through distance studies. It is clear through peers and student evaluations, that Michelle is a highly respected instructor and who is committed to both her classroom and her community, and is very deserving of the 2013 Teaching Excellence Award.

peroAllan Pero (F/T) Department of English

Allan Pero is very popular in the classrooom as his unique teaching style transforms lectures into theatrical, engaging performances, and he is able to consistently elicit participation from all students. He is always "attentive to students' needs, and able to explain complicated ideas and texts in a cogent and engaging fashion." He values creativity and flexibility in the classroom, while still maintaining exceptionally high standards, and it is through this teaching philosophy that he allows students of all background and abilities to succeed under his guidance. Through his outstanding teaching evaluations, it is also clear that Pero is equally inspired by and rewarded by his students, and this reciprocal relationship in the classroom is ultimately what the study of arts and humanities is about.


2013 Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Fellowships

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is proud to announce this year's Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholars, M.J. Kidnie (English) and Jean LeClerc (French Studies). This Faculty-based award recognizes Kidnie's and LeClerc's prominent contributions as internationally-recognized researchers in their field. Appointments to the Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Fellowship are for a one-year period and will provide faculty members with one half-course teaching relief, allowing them to focus on research.

kidnieM.J. Kidnie, Department of English

M.J. Kidnie specializes in early modern drama and textual studies, much of her work focuses on Shakespeare and drama and the challenges of adaptation. Kidnie teaches a popular, interactive course on Shakespeare and Drama where her boundless energy inspires students to bring the texts to life. Kidnie has been instrumental in building a strong relationship between Western's English Department and the Stratford Festival. Kidnie is regularly involved in educational outreach, engaging theatre patrons through workshops, articles and lectures. M.J. Kidnie has also lectured at Shakespeare's Globe in London and acted as textual and academic adviser for the Royal National Theatre in London. Kidnie's creativity and passion for teaching is evident in her classroom, where she regularly transforms a basic room into a place where students are engaged and enlightened as the texts are brought to life.

leclercJean Leclerc, Department of French Studies

Jean Leclerc is one of the most prolific young scholars in the Department of French Studies. Specializing in French seventeenth-centure literature, he is internationally recognized for his work on the burlesque. Leclerc has produced two major books on the burlesque genre, and is currently on sabbatical in France where he is conducting research for three major critical edition projects. Beyond his active pace of publication, Leclerc is highly involved in the life of the Faculty and French department, and he is highly respected and admired by his students, peers and international network of colleagues.