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Loyalist Public Relations Professor Receives Award

May 23, 2008

Loyalist College Public Relations Professor Receives First Innovation and Excellence in Learning-Centred Teaching Award

Professor Kerry Ramsay, Coordinator of the post-graduate Public Relations program at Loyalist College, has been awarded the College’s first Innovation and Excellence in Learning-Centred Teaching Award. The annual award acknowledges an individual who exemplifies excellence and engages on an ongoing basis in innovation that improves the quality of teaching and learning at Loyalist.

“I am very pleased to sponsor this award, the recipient of which is selected by the College Faculty Professional Development Committee, chaired by Associate Vice-President Academic Geoffrey Cudmore,” said Loyalist President Maureen Piercy. “Kerry’s nomination was supported by an excellent package documenting the approach she brings to her teaching and her program. The students in the Public Relations program are fully engaged, networking with each other and the community from the moment they arrive on campus. My congratulations go to Kerry on this well-deserved honour.”

As part of the recognition, Professor Ramsay participated in the Teaching Professor Conference, held in Florida and hosted by Dr. Maryellen Weimer. Dr. Weimer is Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning at Berks-Lehigh Valley College of the Pennsylvania State University and editor-in-chief of the Teaching Professor newspaper. She has authored and co-authored numerous books including Teaching on Solid Ground and Learner Centered Teaching. Dr. Weimer is scheduled as the keynote speaker at Carving New Pathways, a conference for educators from across Eastern Ontario which will be hosted at Loyalist College on Thursday, May 29. The one-day conference will be a celebration and sharing of the excellent work being done to enhance learning experiences and environments to meet the needs and aspirations of learners.

“This award is an amazing honour, and one I owe to the many mentors who have provided me with such strong support during my time at Loyalist,” said Kerry Ramsay. “Having the opportunity to attend The Teaching Professor Conference was definitely a career booster.  I especially enjoyed the chance to sit in on sessions with experienced and knowledgeable educators from right across North America. With the conference now behind me, I’m more determined than ever to create a learning environment for students here at Loyalist that is collaborative, interconnected and community-minded.”

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Media Contact:  Marilyn Warren, Communications, Loyalist College, (613) 969-1913 ext. 2332; e-mail:  mwarren@loyalistc.on.ca

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