Professional achievement

The Professional Achievement Awards are awarded to two Professional Librarians and three Lecturers (Instructors) on the basis of outstanding performance in meeting their responsibilities.

Heather Matheson
Reference Librarian, MacOdrum Library

Heather Matheson has applied her infectious enthusiasm to a great number of projects in the library, the University, and the profession of librarianship. Along with colleagues, faculty and campus partners, she has introduced new resources such as the library’s first podcast of a self-guided tour. Involved with library associations and a presenter at association conferences, Matheson is also a mentor to co-workers and new librarians everywhere through her blog. “I could never have done so much without the support of my colleagues,” she says.

Dianne George
Instructor, Department of Law

Dianne George, who offers courses in law and literature and governance and the rule of law, challenges her students to understand how legal theory works in practice. “I give them diffi cult theories, but it’s not all serious,” she explains. “I choose really good works of Canadian literature that are relevant to Canadian law and have vital issues in them. The students get quite caught up in what is happening to the characters.”

Collett Tracey
Instructor, Department of English Language and Literature

Teaching is Collett Tracey’s passion: “I love the challenge of making literature come alive to students and nurturing in them the absolute knowledge that it is a refl ection of life, of society, of themselves.” Tracey has taken what she has learned from her research into the development of Modernist poetry in Canada and applied it to her teaching.

Michelle DeVidi
Law and Human Rights Librarian, MacOdrum Library

As well as providing library instruction workshops on legal and human rights research, and one-on-one reference assistance to students and faculty, Michelle DeVidi also teaches a course on law and the information society. She is pursuing her doctorate in information studies at McGill University, with a focus on information ethics and information policy in the post-9-11 world of the United States. “The Carleton University Library has provided me with so many opportunities. This award is a great honour.”

Chantal Dion
Instructor, Department of French

Drawing on her experiences teaching students a second language for 16 years, French professor Chantal Dion studied humour and laughter in the classroom for her doctoral thesis. Educators must be aware, says Dion, that second language students might laugh from stress or nervousness or for different reasons than might be supposed. “We know if a person typically laughs when he/she doesn’t understand something and everyone around them is laughing, they will laugh too. Hence the necessity for the professor to keep a vigilant eye on any laughing situation!”

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