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Celebrating Teaching Excellence 2007

Leadership in Faculty Teaching (LIFT) Award

Professor Donna-Marie EansorProfessor Donna-Marie Eansor

For Professor Donna-Marie Eansor (LL.B., Windsor; LL.M., Wayne State; of Osgoode Hall, Barrister-at-Law), cultivating dialogue in the classroom promotes autonomous learning and intellectual growth.

This long-time Law professor at the University of Windsor is among the Ontario university and college faculty members selected by an external independent ministry-appointed committee as a recipient of the 2007 Leadership in Faculty Teaching (LIFT) award for teaching excellence, leadership, and innovation in teaching methods. A former Associate Dean, Professor Eansor has a long-standing interest in student wellness, academic support, and issues of aboriginality, racialization, gender, and disability. Her learning environment is sensitive, caring, and supportive.

Professor Eansor’s teaching philosophy reflects a deep commitment to assisting students in transforming themselves into autonomous learners, critical thinkers, and creative problem solvers. She writes of her desire to “cultivate a sensitive, caring, inclusive, nurturing, and supportive environment with trust and honesty as the centerpiece of the student-teaching partnership.”

Professor Eansor has previously received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching (2006), Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Law Students’ Law Society (2004), Mature Students Excellence Award, Faculty of Law Mature Student Society (1995), and has been mentioned as a Popular Professor in Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities. With Professor Chartrand, she is co-author of Academic Access and Support Programs in Canadian Law Schools, and she is the designer of the Academic Success Program in the Faculty of Law, the first of its kind in Canada.