Among its many priorities, the Teaching and Learning Support Service wishes to value the importance of teaching during the 2011-2012 academic year, and in the years to come. As such, we would like to introduce you to nine seasoned professors from the various faculties of the University of Ottawa, who have agreed to be the ambassadors for this campaign. You may have seen their faces on the posters around the campus, but who are they, really? Find out more about them here!
Faculty of Arts
Gilles Comeau obtained his Ph.D. in musical education in 1995 from the Université de Montréal. He then did postdoctoral studies in piano pedagogy from 1995-1997 under the supervision of Marc Durand and Gilles Manny. The University of Ottawa School of Music professor is also the coordinator for the musical education and piano pedagogy sectors. He has obtained several research grants, including from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Innovation Trust, which allowed him to raise $1.2 million to create a piano pedagogy research laboratory. In the past four years, Mr. Comeau has set up several multidisciplinary research groups to examine various aspects of learning and teaching piano. He is the author of numerous publications, including Comparaison de trois approches d'éducation musicale, Jaques-Dalcroze, Orff ou Kodály? and the five volumes in the series Histoire illustrée de la musique pour les jeunes musiciens. He has also put together over 20 educational kits for music and art teachers, in addition to having written several treatises on musical education and piano pedagogy.
Faculty of Engineering
Claude D'Amours completed the requirements for the degree of Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1995. His Ph.D. thesis is entitled "Hybrid DS/FH-CDMA Systems Employing FSK Based Modulation Schemes". All of his degrees were obtained from the University of Ottawa. In 1992, while pursuing his Ph.D., Claude D'Amours was employed as Systems Engineer at Calian Communication Systems Ltd., in Kanata, Ontario. He joined the Communications Research Centre (CRC) as a systems engineer in 1995, upon completion of his Ph.D. Claude D'Amours accepted the position of Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada, in 1995 as well. He remained at RMC until July 1999, when he joined the School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE) at the University of Ottawa as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2005 and has been serving as Vice Dean of Academic Affairs of the Faculty of Engineering since March 2007. He won the Faculty of Engineering’s John V Marsh Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006 and a University of Ottawa Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007.
Faculty of Law
Patrick Dumberry has been an Assistant Professor in the Civil Law section of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law since 2009. He holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, in Geneva, and has taught corporate law, as well as rules of international organization. He previously practiced law with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (Trade Law Bureau), in Ottawa, after many years practicing in Switzerland. On June 16, he took part in an international conference in Leiden, Netherlands, which focused on the question of legal sources in the field of international investment law.
Faculty of Health Sciences
Professor Hébert has taught in the Occupational Therapy program since 1991. She completed her Baccalaureate in Occupational Therapy at the Université de Montréal in 1980, her Masters of Education at the Université du Québec à Hull in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Community Health at the Université de Montréal in 2001. She teaches introductory occupational therapy courses, courses on occupational therapy intervention with seniors and capstone seminars. Her research interests are three-fold: university pedagogy, occupational therapy for seniors with cognitive difficulties, and geriatric care.
Faculty of Medicine
Ali Jalali, M.D., has taught anatomy at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine since 2003. Holder of a Specialty Diploma in Sports Medicine from the Université de Liège (2002) and a certificate from the Canadian Association for Medical Education (2010), Dr. Jalali is passionate about using technology, including podcasting, wikis and Facebook, to facilitate learning. Dr. Jalali is extremely active in the development of teaching projects, and in the curriculum reform for the undergraduate medicine program. His research is focused on innovation in teaching and anatomic variations. He received the Teaching Skills Attainment Award with Merit and the Excellence in Education Prize in 2010. Professor Jalali also contributes to numerous publications and conferences.
Faculty of Science
William Ogilvie, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, specializes in biopharmaceutical sciences. He has been involved in the design of new courses and the restructuring of laboratories, and has rewritten experimentation guides to ensure his students get the best possible education in this field. He won the University of Ottawa Excellence in Education Prize in 2005.
Barbara J. Orser
Telfer School of Management
Entrepreneurship and service marketing
Ms. Orser is a Full Professor and the Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and a member of the National Advisory Board of the Canadian Advanced Technology Association Women in Technology (CATA WIT). Prior to joining the Telfer School of Management in 2005, she was an Associate Professor at Carleton University and Ryerson University, and Program Manager for the Conference Board of Canada Centre of Excellence for Women's Advancement. She is also a consultant to the government and the Chair of the Task Force for Women's Enterprise Growth, a Canadian non-partisan consortium of prominent women business owners, SME service agencies, academics and industry associations. In 2010, Dr. Orser was recognized by the Women's Executive Network as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (Champion Category) and was a recipient of the International Alliance of Women's World of Difference 100 Awards. In 2011, she received theUniversity of Ottawa Telfer School of Management Award for Service, Teaching and Research.
Faculty of Education
Christine Suurtamm is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and teaches in the areas of mathematics education, assessment and qualitative research. Her research focuses on the complexity of teachers’ classroom practice. She is particularly interested in teachers’ formative assessment practices as these are opportunities of attending and responding to students’ mathematical thinking.
Dr. Suurtamm has been the lead researcher on several Ontario Ministry of Education large-scale projects to examine mathematics teaching and learning. She is also Director of the Pi Lab, a research facility supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation. She was the Canadian representative on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors, the Co-Chair of the Ontario Ministry of Education Early Math Expert Panel, the 2005 recipient of the Capital Educator’s Award, and is currently on the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Council.
Faculty of Social Sciences
Kathryn Trevenen, Associate Professor with the University of Ottawa Institute of Women's Studies since 2002, holds a Masters degree from York University and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. In her role as professor and member of the University's Senate Sub-Committee on the Practice of Teaching, Kathryn Trevenen works to implement teaching methods that are based largely on participation. Her research work focuses on contemporary discourse on human rights, as well as the related possibilities and difficulties regarding transnational politics. She won a Capital Educators’ Award in 2006.