(WINDSOR, ON) – Ontario’s Confederation of University Faculty Associations will honour Karen Pillon and Dora Cavallo-Medved, both of the University of Windsor, at its awards ceremony Saturday in Toronto. The pair are being recognized for their contributions to learning and scholarship.
Cavallo-Medved, a permanent lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences, has been named one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers and will receive the OCUFA Teaching Award.
Pillon, head of access services at the Leddy Library, has been named one of the province’s most outstanding academic librarians and will receive the OCUFA Academic Librarianship Award.
Professor Judy Bornais, of the Faculty of Nursing, chairs the confederation’s award committee. She praised Pillon for her, “… passion for learning and research,” which Bornais said has impacted students beyond the University of Windsor and that her, “… commitment to accessible learning and innovative teaching methods is praiseworthy.”
Commenting on Cavallo-Medved, Bornais said her, “… creative teaching style is loved and recognized by students. She sees students as partners in the learning experience, and many credit her for their continued success in academia.”
Mindy Thuna of the University of Toronto is the other recipient of a 2016-2017 OCUFA Academic Librarianship Award. This year’s other teaching award recipients are Kimberley Dej and Milena Head of McMaster University, Quazi Mehbubar Rahman of Western University, and Mira Sucharov of Carleton University.
OCUFA president Gyllian Phillips says that professors and academic librarians are, “… at the heart of our universities. They challenge and encourage their students to embrace new ideas and build a brighter future.”
The confederation represents 17,000 faculty and academic librarians in 28 faculty associations across Ontario.