Oct 30, 2016 — I’m quite honoured to be one of the five 2016 recipients of the prestigious OCUFA Teaching Award, which is given to exceptional professors from Ontario universities. The awards ceremony was yesterday at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto.
I took the liberty of recording both my introduction and my brief address at the ceremony. Sadly, I recorded it on my cell phone, which was inside my jacket pocket. So the audio quality is atrocious. Lots of scratching noises. Sorry. Clearly the award was not for best sound engineering.
The introduction is by Dr Judy Bornais, herself a former Teaching Award winner, and is shared here with her permission. The text of her comments is available here (which I include just so I know that there’s a record somewhere.) And photos from the event, at least the ones that I have had access to, are here.
My deepest gratitude to my nominator, those who wrote supporting letters for my nomination, and especially to members of the OCUFA awards committee, who had to plow through many pages of, no doubt, exceptional submissions.
Update: Hey, maybe I got the idea for my speech from these comments from my boyhood hero, Carl Sagan: