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April 8 , 2010  

Dr. Jennifer Sutton to receive Brescia University College Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Jennifer SuttonLondon, ON – Jennifer Sutton, Assistant Professor of Psychology, is the 2010 recipient of the Brescia University College Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award will be presented at Convocation on June 14.

Recipients of the Award are members of the faculty who have made an outstanding contribution to the academic development of students. Sutton was appointed to Brescia’s full-time faculty in January, 2007. She has been on the Dean’s Honor Roll for Teaching every year she has taught at Brescia.

Sutton was nominated for the Award by former students who spoke of her passion for teaching. In her own cover letter Sutton wrote about a lifetime of planning for teaching, beginning with her stuffed toys and “less than willing” younger brother in childhood. This continuing passion was evident to her current students through Sutton’s “insightful and exceptional lectures,” her use of varied teaching techniques, and her willingness to meet with students even outside of office hours. Approachability and availability were themes mentioned again and again in students’ letters of support, with praise for “the genuine concern she shows for her students.”

Sutton’s teaching skills are also shown in her ability to make even difficult material understandable. One former student wrote that Sutton’s course led her to want to “further investigate the material I have learned because of the way it was taught” while another described Sutton as “an exceptional communicator and a gifted teacher.” Sutton was also noteworthy for her commitment to the Psychology program at Brescia and to her subject area as a whole. Whether developing new courses or advising students on careers or graduate studies, she furthered the discipline of Psychology. Sutton is above all an educator who inspires her students.

Sutton has earned a Ph.D. (2001, University of Western Ontario, Psychology), an M.A. (1998, University of Western Ontario, Psychology) and a B.A. (1994, University of Kentucky, Psychology). Sutton is a member of the Canadian Society for the Study of Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science, the Cognitive Development Society, Comparative Cognition Society, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the Psychonomic Society.

The decision of the selection committee was based on a dossier consisting of documentation regarding Sutton’s commitment as an educator to teaching, students, and the broader Western community. The dossier is available for viewing in Brescia’s Office of the Academic Dean and will be placed in the Beryl Ivey Library after June 14. Sutton will receive a commemorative scroll at the upcoming Convocation and her name will be added to the plaque listing the winners of the Brescia University College Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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For more information, please contact:

Dr. Anne Barnfield
Acting Academic Dean
Brescia University College
519.432.8353, ext. 28246