Professor of the Year Award
The Professor of the Year Award annually recognizes the excellence of one of the Faculty of Arts' professors in three areas: teaching, research/creation and service to the university community.
Bravo to our colleague, Professor Boulou Ebanda de B’béri, for being honoured with the 2019 Faculty of Arts Professor of the Year award.
Boulou Ebanda de B’béri
Founding director of the Audiovisual Media Lab for the Study of Cultures and Societies as well as professor of media studies and intercultural communication. Boulou de B’béri joined the Faculty's Communication Department in 2004.
Professor de B'béri is an internationally recognized expert in media and cultural studies. As principal researcher of a Community-University Research Alliance project, he studied Canadians’ historical amnesia with respect to the contribution of Black pioneers in the Dawn Settlement of Chatham-Kent, Ontario, in the early 19th century. For this project, he focused on the implementation of strategies to combat slavery and to promote civil rights across Canada, the United States of America and elsewhere in the world. Today, Professor de B'béri studies the transatlantic relationship of Canada's black presses in the 19th and 20th centuries.
For Professor de B'béri, the Faculty of Arts' Professor of the Year Award represents more than an individual award but a prize for the entire African community, for which he has an ethical responsibility and is compelled to be a role model. He adds that "for all these Africans, I will forever remain the first professor of African origin – a figure with whom they can identify – to have been Professor of the Year of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa, and that means something, it is more than the Award!” Congratulations!
Distinguished Teaching Award – Faculty of Arts
This Award is presented to a regular professor of the Faculty of Arts who excels in teaching and contributes significantly to enrich students’ university experience.
Bravo to our colleague, Professor Kyle Conway, for being honoured with the 2019 Faculty of Arts Distinguished Teaching award.
Kyle Conway holds a PhD in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he joined the University of Ottawa in 2015. He studies borders—linguistic, cultural, geographic, religious—and asks how translation helps us to cross them.
As a member of the Faculty, he has contributed to programs across the Faculty, especially to the minor in digital humanities, which he also oversaw from 2014 to 2016. He has taught classes at all levels of the curriculum, from first-year undergraduate survey courses to doctoral seminars. As Director of Graduate Studies since 2017, Dr. Conway has worked with the Graduate Students Association to develop a lunch-time series on professionalization for graduate students.
As an educator, he enhances student academic experience by engaging students in critical dialogue about theory and in DH classes, about tools and technologies, and by publishing peer-reviewed book chapters and articles with his students.
When accepting the prize, Professor Conway said: "Teaching matters. It matters because thinking matters, and thinking matters because the world is a mysterious place worth exploring and fighting for.”