Brescia professor recognized with Excellence in Teaching Award

May 7th, 2013

London, ON –Dr. Monika Lee, Professor of English, has been awarded the 2013 Brescia University College Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award will be presented at Convocation on June 17th.

Recipients of the award are members of the faculty who have made an outstanding contribution to the academic development of students. Monika is happy to have been chosen as this year’s award recipient. She says, “At Brescia, faculty are dedicated to students and their learning. I feel profoundly fortunate to work in an institution where we hold this central pillar of our profession in such high esteem.” Monika, who is a faculty member in Brescia’s strong English Department, received her BA in English and French from the University of Toronto, and her MA and PhD from Western University, before completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University. Monika chose to teach at Brescia because of the leadership that has been instilled by the Ursuline Sisters. She explains, “It was because of people like the late Sister Corona Sharpe and Sister Mary Lou McKenzie that I chose to come to Brescia.  Caring, ethical women, they were not only very student-focused, but also knowledge-focused; these are traits that remain very important to me in my teaching and my research.”

Students and faculty who nominated Monika for the award spoke about her ability to engage and inspire her students, while also challenging them through her wealth of academic knowledge and her ongoing commitment to excellence. Students wrote that “her professionalism, passion, and dedication in both her own work and the work of her students make her a perfect candidate for this award.” Colleagues spoke of Monika’s innate abilities to work with students one-on-one and the level of support and encouragement that she brings to each one, all while working to develop and build more than a dozen English courses and the English Society.

“By challenging students to work hard, to think carefully and deeply about literature, to analyze texts critically, and to communicate fluently in speech and writing, I aim to help create a better world.” Monika goes on to say, “I have a deep respect for every one of my students. They have taught me so much, and I am extremely proud of them.”

Brescia’s Academic Dean, Dr. John Mitchell, who has been a colleague of Monika for the last 10 years at Brescia, and sits as Chair of the Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee, says, “Dr. Monika Lee is known for her passion for teaching, for the study of English, and for her commitment to excellence in both her own work and the work of her students.”

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