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Dr. Maryanne Fisher receives 2016 AAU Distinguished Teaching Award

21 September, 2016

Dr. Maryanne Fisher

Saint Mary’s University Psychology professor Dr. Maryanne Fisher has been honoured with a 2016 Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teaching Award.

Awarded annually by the AAU, the award recognizes excellence in teaching and educational leadership.

“I’ve met some of the past AAU winners and they are phenomenal, enthusiastic, fun people,” said Dr. Fisher. “I didn’t really think I’d ever be joining their ranks.”

Since joining the Saint Mary’s Department of Psychology in 2004, Dr. Fisher has been the recipient of a number of honours and awards including 2014 Father William A. Stewart, S. J., Medal for Excellence in Teaching, 2014 Canada Progress Club, Women of Excellence Award, 2011 Overall Excellence in Education, Saint Mary’s University and the 2008 SMU Students’ Association Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Science.

“It is my pleasure to congratulate Dr. Fisher on receiving another honour that shows what a superb teacher she is and a wonderful representative of the Saint Mary’s faculty,” said Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, President and Vice-Chancellor of Saint Mary’s.  “She truly epitomizes the values of our learning-centred environment at Saint Mary’s.”

When asked what she likes most about teaching, Dr. Fisher emphatically answers, “the students!”

“My favourite moments involve watching the students navigate their way through in-class exercises and laughing with each other. They are actively engaging with the content, but in a way that is authentic and meaningful.”

Dr. Fisher was presented with the award at the September meeting of the AAU at Cape Breton University. Also receiving AAU awards this year were Dr. Matthias Bierenstiel, School of Science and Technology, Cape Breton University and Dr. Benedict Newling, Department of Physics, University of New Brunswick.


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