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Sara Matthews earns 2013 Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar Award
Sara Matthews, Laurier assistant professor of Global Studies, is the recipient of the 2013 Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar Award. The annual award honours an Arts faculty member who explicitly and creatively integrates the profession’s twin functions of scholarly research and teaching. The award is granted to a professor who has identified and developed “a pedagogy to successfully achieve this integration.”
Matthews encourages her students “to become really engaged in the process of learning as an active and purposeful series of encounters, exchanges and dialogues – with ideas, with the world and with one another,” said Alex Latta, associate professor of Global Studies.
Matthews’ research explores ways in which people deal with trauma due to war and social conflict. Her students are constantly challenged to confront and understand these disturbing human realities and to reflect deeply on their local and global learning experiences.
“Her students are never alone,” says Michel Desjardins, acting dean of the Faculty of Arts. “She prepares each of her courses with a master’s hand and heart, giving students just the right amount of guidance and just the right amount of freedom for them to emerge stronger, both personally and intellectually.”
“I am thrilled and humbled that my teaching and research has been honored by the Faculty of Arts, by my peers and by the students in the Department of Global Studies who never cease to inspire,” said Matthews.