Dr. Leslie Jane to receive Brescia University College Award for Excellence in Teaching

April 27, 2011


London, ON – Dr. Leslie Janes, Professor of Psychology and Brescia University College’s Associate Dean, Student Affairs, is the 2011 recipient of the Brescia University College Award of Excellence in Teaching. The award will be presented at Convocation on June 13.Recipients of the award are members of the faculty who have made an outstanding contribution to the academic development of students. Leslie has been a professor at Brescia for nine years and was appointed to her full-time faculty position in July 2003.

Leslie’s nomination for the award was supported by students who spoke of her compassionate and engaging style of teaching. One student noted, “I am in my third year of studies and have yet to meet a teacher who is as skilled, caring, and compassionate about their occupation and students as Professor Janes.”

It’s not a coincidence that many of Leslie’s colleagues and students describe Leslie as a teacher who is truly dedicated to her students’ development. Although Leslie received her B.A. in political science, it was after she had children and watched their development that she decided to pursue her M.A. in psychology.

Leslie’s research and scholarly interests include goal-setting, motivation, and fear of failure. “It is important for me, at an all-women’s university, to provide a welcoming environment in which students feel both comfortable and challenged,” Leslie explains.   “I have to give most of the credit to Brescia students, whose enthusiasm and spirit have made them a pleasure to teach.”

It is Leslie’s balance of high standards and compassion, along with her ability to make each member of the class feel welcome and valued, that has set her teaching style apart from others.

Not only is Leslie a compassionate professor inside the classroom, but she also loves mentoring students outside the classroom. Dr. John Mitchell, Brescia’s Academic Dean, explains, “Dr. Janes is well known among faculty and students for her skill as a teacher and for her commitment to her students inside and outside of the classroom. Two of the most common terms I hear used to describe Dr. Janes are ‘mentor’ and ‘role model.’ Dr. Janes continues to make a truly special contribution to the lives of our students and to the vibrancy of our Psychology program.”

The decision of the selection committee was based on a dossier consisting of documentation regarding Leslie’s commitment as an educator to teaching, students, and the broader Western community. The dossier is available for viewing in Brescia’s Office of the Academic Dean.

For more information about Brescia University College’s Award for Excellence in Teaching please contact Dr. John Mitchell, Academic Dean, at 519-432-8353 (extension 28363) or jbmitche@uwo.ca.


Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 1,100 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more information, please visit www.brescia.uwo.ca