By Mabell, Dave on June 7, 2017.
She’s been teaching history at the University of Lethbridge since 2000.
But Janay Nugent still chooses to teach introductory History 1000 to first-year students just launching their university experience. It offers a great opportunity to connect with students, she says, and to help them make the transition from high school to advanced education.
Winner of the Students’ Union “Teaching Excellence Award” in 2015 and the university’s “Distinguished Teaching Award” in 2016, Nugent has now been named a Board of Governors Teaching Chair, beginning July 1.
A U of L graduate, Nugent completed graduate studies at the University of Guelph before returning to Lethbridge. Appointed to a faculty position in 2004, she is recognized as an expert on Scottish history of the 16th to 18th centuries.
Known for creating a classroom environment where students feel encouraged and safe to explore new ideas, Nugent has spent years developing a teaching style and philosophy that challenges students as well as supporting them. She welcomes students’ feedback, incorporates their ideas – and receives top ratings in the annual faculty handbook evaluation.
Among her other contributions, Nugent sits on the Global Citizen Cohort Advisory Committee and is part of the Liberal Education Revitalization Team. She was also named a “Teaching Centre Fellow” in 2014.
As the university’s “teaching chair,” Nugent will have more time to pass on her instructional strategies and skills to other faculty members.
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