University of Windsor professor wins top provincial teaching award

Windsor, September 22, 2010

Professor Donald Leslie of the University of Windsor’s School of Social Work has won a coveted teaching award sponsored by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).  Professor Leslie is receiving one of five 2009-2010 OCUFA Teaching Awards at a ceremony being held next month in Toronto.

“Professor Leslie has distinguished himself through many forms of educational leadership,” said Zopito Marini, member of the Teaching Award selection committee and professor at Brock University. “Whether through his continuous involvement in curriculum development, teaching innovations, mentorship of students and junior colleagues, or thoughtful advocacy of increased accessibility to university education for all, Prof. Leslie brings exceptional commitment and ability to his teaching.”

Professor Leslie has been with the University of Windsor since 1994 and said, “I’m thrilled to receive this award because I think it really represents all of our continuing efforts to strengthen the role of teaching at our University.”  “I think we’ve put a lot of energy into developing our programs.  It’s in the classroom where these activities really come to fruition and where we can excite fresh minds to stand on our shoulders and carry on.”

Alan Wright, the University of Windsor’s Vice-Provost of Teaching and Learning nominated Professor Leslie for the award.

"Don Leslie is truly deserving of recognition as one of Ontario's outstanding teaching professors. Through his achievements and his dedicated service to the campus community, Professor Leslie has made post-secondary education more accessible and more inclusive, both at the University of Windsor and beyond."

Founded in 1964, OCUFA represents 16,000 faculty and academic librarians in 26 faculty associations across Ontario. It has been celebrating outstanding achievement in teaching and academic librarianship at Ontario universities since 1973. For more information, please visit the OCUFA website at

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Dayo Kefentse
Manager, News Services
Public Affairs and Communications
University of Windsor
519-253-3000 ext. 3241

The University of Windsor has won 26 ‘Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards’ from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.

O.P. Chandna Mathematics 1973
R.K. Jull Geology 1973
Homer Plante English 1973
W.I.  Romanow Communication Arts 1973
A.S. Trenhaile Geography 1976
Thomas Carney Communication Studies 1979
Jack Ransome Geography     1979
Sue Martin Dramatic Arts 1981
Peter Halford French 1982
Colin Atkinson English     1983
Bathsheba Garnett Dramatic Arts 1984
Edward Kovarik Music     1984
Ronold Pazik Classical and Modern Languages 1985
Mary Lou Dietz Sociology     1988
Leigh West Law     1988
Sue Goerzen Home Economics 1989
Roger Thibert Chemistry and Biochemistry 1989
Stewart Moore Social Work 1991
Diana Mady Kelly Dramatic Arts 1992
Michael Farrell Visual Arts 1993
Jon Lovett-Doust Biological Sciences 2004
Ian Crawford Education     2004
Akshai Aggarwal Computer Science 2006
Donna-Marie Eansor Law     2007
Ken Cramer Psychology     2007
Donald Leslie Social Work 2010