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AMS announces winners of annual Awards for Excellence in Teaching

March 29, 2012

KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society congratulates the winners of the 2011-2012 Christopher Knapper Award for Excellence in Teaching Assistance and the Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching. These awards recognize the most dedicated professors and teaching assistants who are passionate about contributing to the culture of learning at Queen's, are the highest honour that the AMS gives to educators in the Queen's community. The winners are as follows:

Christopher Knapper Award for Excellence in Teaching Assistance
Fall 2011: Christian Rojas (SOCY 122)
Winter 2012: MaryAnne Laurico (ENGL 100)

Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching
Fall 2011: Leo Jonker (MATH 010)
Winter 2012: Alan Ableson (MATH 272/APSC 171)

 “Professors who strive to go above and beyond, to inspire intellectual curiosity, and to encourage a passion for life-long learning have the ability to profoundly impact students’ lives,” says Mira Dineen, AMS Academic Affairs Commissioner. “The AMS is pleased to recognize excellence in teaching through these two prestigious awards. We thank and congratulate Christian Rojas, MaryAnne Laurico, Alan Ableson, and Leo Jonker for their significant contribution to the quality of undergraduate education at Queen’s.”

The Teaching Awards Committee under the Academic Affairs Commission determines the winners of these awards through student nominations and an audit of nominees, which includes sitting in on the classes. Testimonials from students on the winners, as well as photos from the presentation of the awards, are available at The winners were presented their awards at a ceremony on March 28th, 2012.


Please direct all media inquiries to Amanda Judd, AMS Communications Officer, at or (613) 533-6000 x 75850.

Alma Mater Society (AMS) -
The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 14,200 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 12 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 14 corporate services and various government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.

Academic Affairs Commission (AAC)
Created in 1991 when the Education Commission was formally split into the Social Issues Commission and the Academic Affairs Commission, the Academic Affairs Commission is responsible for advocating on behalf of students and supporting students in all matters of an academic nature. The current Academic Affairs Commissioner is Mira Dineen.

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