University of Ottawa emphasizes the importance of teaching: 2012 Kesarwani Lecture – Part 2

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012

For the annual Kesarwani Lecture, divided this year into three parts, the University of Ottawa Centre for University Teaching is honoured to welcome three of its professor-ambassadors: Kathryn Trevenen (Women's Studies), Gilles Comeau (Piano Pedagogy) and Claude D'Amours (Electrical Engineering).

This second discussion panel, part of “Teaching Matters!” the University's campaign to promote the importance of teaching, gives our campaign ambassadors an opportunity to share their ideas on teaching and its importance. They will each be asked to explain the teaching methods that have earned them an Excellence in Education Prize, and discuss their vision for the profession.

  • WHAT: 2012 Kesarwani Lecture – Part 2: “Professors make a real difference!”
  • WHEN: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 10 a.m.
  • WHERE: Tabaret Hall, Huguette Labelle Hall (112), University of Ottawa


Kathryn Trevenen has been an associate professor at the University of Ottawa Institute of Women's Studies since 2002 and a member of the University's Senate Sub-Committee on the Practice of Teaching. She works to implement teaching methods that are based largely on participation. Her research work focuses on contemporary discourse on human rights, as well as the related possibilities and difficulties regarding transnational politics. Professor Trevenen won a Capital Educators' Award in 2006.

Gilles Comeau received his PhD in musical education and continued his postdoctoral studies in piano pedagogy under the supervision of Marc Durand and Gilles Manny. A University of Ottawa School of Music professor, he is also the coordinator for the musical education and piano pedagogy sectors. He has received several research grants. In the past four years, Professor Comeau has set up several multidisciplinary research groups to examine various aspects of learning and teaching piano.

Claude D'Amours completed a PhD in electrical engineering at the University of Ottawa. In 1995, he joined the Communications Research Centre (CRC) as a systems engineer and he accepted the position of assistant professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada. Since 2005, he has been an associate professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (formerly the School of Information Technology and Engineering)  at the University of Ottawa, and has served as Vice Dean of Academic Affairs of the Faculty of Engineering since March 2007. He won the Faculty of Engineering's John V. Marsh Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006 and a University of Ottawa Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007.

This presentation is made possible thanks to the Roop Kesarwani Lecture Endowment Fund, which was established by the family of the late Roop Kesarwani, professor of mathematics at the University of Ottawa for 30 years (1964-1994). The fund aims to promote excellence in university teaching and to enrich the learning environment. The Centre for University Teaching (CUT) organizes its annual lectures with this vision in mind.

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