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Dr. John Grant, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Dr. Nigel Joseph, Lecturer in the Department of English, French, and Writing, will be honoured as the recipients of the 2021 King's Awards of Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Grant is being honoured for Full-Time Faculty and Dr. Joseph is being honoured for Part-Time Faculty. They were selected by a committee of students, faculty and staff which reviewed dozens of nominations from the King’s community.

“Drs. Grant and Joseph bring tremendous gifts to their classrooms. They are devoted to inspiring and supporting their students to grow intellectually,” says Dr. Laura Melnyk Gribble, Associate Academic Dean.

The recipient for Full-Time Faculty is Dr. John Grant, Associate Professor of Political Science.

“My colleagues and I in Political Science have devoted ourselves to building a program full of active learning.  Students will always be the lifeblood of the college, and I’m honoured to have my work with them recognized in this way,” says Dr. Grant.

Dr. Grant, who began teaching full-time at King's on July 1, 2014, has been on sabbatical since the start of January. Last fall, he taught the following courses:

  • Political Science 2237W – Introduction to Political Theory
  • Political Science 3319F – Freedom, Order and Control

The recipient for Part-Time Faculty is Dr. Nigel Joseph, Lecturer in the Department of English, French, and Writing.

‘It is an honour to receive the King’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. I have always enjoyed teaching at King’s, and the award was the culmination of many years of very satisfying pedagogical encounters with the friendly, enthusiastic, and highly intelligent students I was lucky enough to teach. To receive the award in the year of the pandemic was an added source of satisfaction,” says Dr. Joseph.

Dr. Joseph first began teaching at King's on September 1, 2005. The courses Dr. Joseph has taught at King’s include:

  • English 2017 - Reading Popular Culture
  • English 2201G - Contemporary Theory and Criticism
  • English 2601E - Global Literature in English Survey
  • English 3368E - Nineteenth Century Literature
  • English 4871G - Seminar in Literary Studies (Narrative, Performative and Dialectical Selfhood in Wordsworth, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte, Ralph Ellison and Audre Lorde)
  • English 3201F - Introduction to Cultural Studies 
  • English 4851G - Seminar in Literary Studies (The Performance and Embodiment of Gender in Woolf, Kafka, Eliot and Joyce)

Dr. Joseph also taught Speech 2001: The Major Forms of Oral Discourse for many years at King's.

Congratulations to Drs. Grant and Joseph.

In addition to the Excellence in Teaching Awards, Drs. Grant and Joseph will each receive a stipend and will be invited to present lectures to the King's community in conjunction with the annual Student Awards Ceremony. The lectures are tentatively scheduled to be an in-person event held at the Kenny Theatre on the evening of Monday, November 22, 2021.

The Christopher Perrin Beatty Lecture for full-time faculty was established by the Beatty family to honour the memory of their son Christopher Beatty, a 2007 alumnus who passed away in 2008 at the age of 23. 

For more information, and to see a list of previous recipients, please visit https://www.kings.uwo.ca/academics/award-of-excellence-in-teaching/.