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First-rate teaching and training that goes above and beyond the norm is the cornerstone of Brock’s reputation for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education.
As such, at this year’s Spring Convocation, the University will pay tribute to six faculty members for their exceptional contributions to teaching. Among them is Faculty of Education Professor Michael Manley-Casimir.
“This year’s recipients of our Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching provide our students with an education and educational experience that is second to none,” says Murray Knuttila, Provost and Vice-President, Academic. “The quality of teaching and supportive learning environment that these outstanding faculty give to our students helps them to excel both inside and outside the classroom.”
The Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching is awarded to individuals chosen by selection committees of Faculty members, staff and students from the Faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Business, Education, Humanities, Mathematics and Science and Social Sciences. Nominees must have a reputation for superior teaching and be recognized for this quality by students and colleagues.
Professor Michael Manley-Casimir
Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education, Faculty of Education
Professor Michael Manley-Casimir is a professor in the Faculty Education at Brock who recently completed a term as director of the University’s Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education.
Beginning his career as a classroom teacher in Kelowna, BC, Professor Manley-Casimir moved into school administration first as vice-principal and then principal of a secondary school in Ashcroft, BC. He later entered graduate studies at the University of British Columbia, completing his MEd before proceeding to doctoral studies at the University of Chicago.
In 1974, he joined the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. After a distinguished career at Simon Fraser he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Education at Brock in 1998.
In 2004, he completed an LLM through the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia and wrote a thesis on the meaning of “freedom of conscience” in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Professor Manley-Casimir’s research interests lie at the intersection of law and educational policy. During his career, he has collaborated with many colleagues on research projects and has secured more than three-quarters of a million dollars in external research funding, including four grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Professor Manley-Casimir has received a Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration for his academic and practical work in educational administration, and a Mentorship Award from the Canadian Committee of Students in Education for his work mentoring graduate students.