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Celebrating Research, Teaching and Publications at Glendon

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It was with great pride that Glendon faculty members assembled on November 4th to honour the accomplishments of their peers in research, publications and teaching excellence.

This annual celebration was organized by Glendon Research Services, under the leadership of director of research Alexandre Brassard, and with the very able collaboration of recently appointed research officer Reagan Brown. It was a chance to display newly published books and articles in learned journals, announce major research projects, and acknowledge those who have contributed significantly to the college’s academic life.

For such a small campus, the display table was overloaded with new publications. A PowerPoint presentation, compiling all participation in these activities by Glendon’s faculty, was shown by associate principal (academic) Françoise Mougeon and Alexandre Brassard. The latter announced that the total of recent external research grants was $681,007 - an unprecedented amount for the college. Mougeon also had good news to impart: that this year’s financial commitment to the program of course releases for research will be maintained for the coming year, ensuring support for planned and continuing research activities on this campus. A comprehensive listing of current research and publications at Glendon can be viewed on the Glendon Faculty & Research Web site.

In his welcoming address, principal Kenneth McRoberts paid homage to all those faculty members who have been so productive in their fields of specializations. “It is important to celebrate our achievements”, said McRoberts. “These books, chapters, articles, conferences, and the many other ways in which Glendon’s faculty affirms its academic excellence bring credit to these individuals and to the Glendon community as a whole.”

Right: Research award recipient Gerald Young, professor of psychology at Glendon

The highlight of the ceremony was the conferring of the Principal’s Awards of Excellence in three areas of achievement. Associate professor of psychology Gerald Young received the [Glendon] Principal’s Award for Research Excellence for his ongoing work in the area of psychological injury and the law. A long-time, highly-respected member of Glendon’s psychology department, Young holds a B.A. from McGill University, Montreal (1969), an M.A. from the University of Western Ontario (1972) and a PhD from the Université de Montréal (1974). Young is senior co-author and co-editor of two recently published books, in collaboration with A.W. Kane and K. Nicholson: Psychological Knowledge in Court: PTSD, Pain, and TBI (New York: Springer, 2006) and Causality of Psychological Injury: Presenting Evidence in Court (New York: Springer, 2007). He is the founder and editor of this specialization’s first journal: The Journal of Psychological Injury and Law; he is also the founder and president of the field’s first association: The Association for Scientific Advancement in Psychological Injury and Law.

Young is currently working on a graduate-level text on rehabilitation, psychological injury and the law, as well as a book with the title, Origins of Behaviour. “I feel honoured to be selected among so many great researchers on this campus”, said Young. “The number of publications emerging [from Glendon] and the financial support provided for research confirm the excellence of the faculty here. This award is a greatly valued recognition of the hard work I have been putting into my research and my publications.”

Left: Glendon principal McRoberts gives teaching award to English professor Igor Djordjevic

The second award, for teaching excellence for tenure-track faculty, was given to assistant professor of English Igor Djordjevic, a specialist in English Renaissance dramatic and non-dramatic literature, including Shakespeare. An author of several articles, Djordjevic is currently involved with the Oxford Holinshed Project as a contributor to the forthcoming Handbook to Holinshed's Chronicles from Oxford University Press. At Glendon since 2006, Djordjevic was nominated for this recognition with great enthusiasm by his students and peers. Proficient in Croatian and Serbian, in addition to English and French, Djordjevic’s current courses include Reading Shakespeare (a third-year course); Genres and Approaches (for first-year students); and a fourth-year seminar with the title Imagining the Past. “I am flattered and honoured beyond words”, explained Djordjevic, “to learn that my students and colleagues consider me deserving of this award.”

Right: Contract faculty member Gaëlle Vercollier receives teaching award from principal McRoberts

The third award, for teaching excellence by a member of the contract faculty, was given to Gaëlle Vercollier, who teaches French as a Second Language to beginners at Glendon, as well as two other French courses on the Keele campus. Glendon has been Vercollier’s “home campus” for quite some time. Not only is she a Glendon graduate (B.A. French Studies and Psychology, 1995), but also the daughter of professor Alain Vercollier, who teaches in Glendon’s French and Drama Studies departments. Gaëlle Vercollier has earned a doctoral degree in second-language teaching (Diplôme d'Études Approfondies en Didactique des Langues) from the Université Denis Diderot (Paris VII). She has also earned a Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.) from OISE (University of Toronto), specializing in teaching French as a Second Language(FSL), English as a Second Language (ESL) and dramatic arts. Vercollier’s research for her doctoral thesis centred on the American Sign Language as second-language learning for adults. Her current research focuses on second-language acquisition, examining the use of contemporary French songs in FSL courses.

Left: Gaëlle Vercollier with proud parents

Vercollier thanked her parents, both professors and proudly present at the award ceremony, for being such outstanding role models for her teaching career. “I am very grateful to my students and colleagues for nominating me for this important award”, said Vercollier. “They make me realize how much I love teaching.”


Right: MA candidate Alana Chalmers accepts posthumous award for Daniel Simeoni

There was a special fourth award for teaching and research excellence bestowed posthumously on the late Daniel Simeoni, who had been the director of the graduate (MA) program in Translation at Glendon, and who passed away last year. His award nomination was led by one of his former students, Alana Chalmers, a longtime member of Glendon’s English Studies departmental office, and currently a candidate for a Glendon M.A. in Translation. Chalmers was there to receive the award on behalf of Simeoni and spoke in glowing terms about her late professor. “It was a last chance for Daniel’s students to express their feelings of love and admiration for him”, said Chalmers. “His students were always encouraged to find their own path. Daniel Simeoni was a great educator, a successful writer, a superb academic and critical thinker. The students he had taught are his legacy. With this award, we wanted to honour his memory and his achievements.”

Article submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny


Published on November 14, 2008