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Dr. Eleanor MacDonald wins OUSA Award for Teaching Excellence

April 05, 2012

KINGSTON, ON – The Alma Mater Society (AMS) congratulates Dr. Eleanor MacDonald, winner of the 2012 Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) Award for Teaching Excellence.  Dr. MacDonald is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University with her research focusing on contemporary political theory.

“Eleanor has demonstrated a versatility in political theory and thought,” says Mira Dineen, AMS Academic Affairs Commissioner. “Whether a student has her for 'Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Capitalism' or 'Theories of Identity Politics' they are challenged to find new perspectives on an issue.”

The OUSA Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes educators who excel at unlocking the potential of Ontario’s young people. An excellent instructor will be able to engage their students in the process of learning and discovery and help them develop the skills that form the foundation of a high quality educational experience. With this in mind, OUSA annually presents its teaching awards to professors from each of their member campuses that have taken this role to heart and have been selected by their students as examples of teaching excellence.

AMS President Morgan Campbell presented the award to Dr. MacDonald. “Eleanor has not only demonstrated her dedication to her students and her profession of teaching, but also that she herself is a committed lifelong learner,” says Campbell. “Having been in her classes these past two years, she’s not only an amazing teacher, but also a mentor and a friend.”

Dr. MacDonald has also been the recipient of the Arts & Science Undergraduate Society Teaching Award in 1991, was a finalist for the Alumni Teaching Award in 2005, and has three times received the Frank Knox Certificate of Commendation for Excellence in Teaching from the AMS. She was also a finalist in the TVO Best Lecturer Competition in 2010.

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.

Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) 
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is a coalition of student associations from across Ontario,  representing the interests of over 145,000 professional and undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at nine student associations (including the Alma Mater Society). They have come together to protect the interests of Ontario’s undergraduate students by providing research and ideas to governments on how to improve the affordability, accessibility, accountability and quality of post-secondary education in the province.

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