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In her teaching philosophy, Professor Nancy Francis states that her research, teaching and professional work converge into a relevant and passionate teaching practice that is a lifetime commitment to the learners in her care.
Testimonials from students and colleagues at Brock as well as other schools bear witness to the multi-faceted nature of Professor Francis’ outstanding teaching abilities. She has a sustained record of superior teaching evaluations that are above departmental averages in undergraduate and graduate courses, and she has been a supervisor and mentor to numerous students.
Professor Francis truly distinguishes herself in areas of educational leadership. She has presented many educational development workshops for her colleagues at Brock and beyond. She also trained for and achieved certification as an Instructional Skills Workshop facilitator through the Centre for Curriculum, Transfer and Technology in Victoria, BC, and has provided several training sessions for her colleagues at Brock.
Professor Francis is widely published in the scholarship of teaching, disseminating her findings in journals within her own discipline and in academic forums on higher education.
Professor Francis has been recognized with several awards for her teaching. This includes the 2002 Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock, as well as awards from her own discipline, like the 2003 Award of Honour from the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sport and Dance. With these accolades to her credit, Professor Francis nevertheless attended the PEI Faculty Development Summer Institute in 2007 acknowledging her continuous and ongoing development as a teacher.
Professor Francis might say that distinguished teaching and mentorship are simply part of the scholarship that she practises. Her students and colleagues would say that they are core values that pervade her personal and professional life.
Our Congratulations to Dr. Francis!