March 12, 2014 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Congratulations to Dr. Darcy Harris, Associate Professor/Thanatology Coordinator at King’s on her selection as the recipient of the 2014 International Death Educator award by the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).

The criteria for this recognition included expertise in the field as demonstrated by advanced academic degrees in relevant areas, professional honors and/or awards, and reputation in one’s discipline. Another important consideration is excellence in teaching, as demonstrated by the judgment of peers, department chair, dean and/or academic department, the development of teaching materials and new courses, as well as student evaluations. As well, ADEC is paying tribute to Dr. Harris’ scholarly ability as demonstrated by successfully developing and carrying out significant research in the field, her publication record, and membership on the editorial boards of scholarly publications in the field of dying, death, and bereavement. Finally, the association notes Dr. Harris’ continuing growth and contributions by keeping abreast of changes in the field and/or being at the cutting edge of developing ideas in the field.

“This award indicates the high esteem that your colleagues have for your work in thanatology. Congratulations on receiving this recognition,” says Emily Burch, Administrative Director of ADEC.  

The award will be presented at the 2014 ADEC conference in Baltimore on April 24th.  

King’s Academic Dean, Dr. Sauro Camiletti, is among the many at King’s to congratulate Dr. Harris on the award, calling it well deserved for her dedication to the study of thanatology.

King’s is the only university in North American to offer a BA in thanatology. It is part of the Department of Interdisciplinary Programs.  “Your work in this area, covering more than a decade, has been ground breaking and outstanding,” says Dr. Camiletti.

ADEC is an international organization that provides a professional “home” for researchers, educators, and clinicians who work in fields related to death, dying, grief, and bereavement.