May 29, 2017
For Immediate Release
Brantford – Richelle Monaghan, an assistant professor in Health Studies and Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus, was selected as the first recipient of the Gail Jenkins Teaching and Mentoring Award by the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS).
The international award recognizes a HAPS member who demonstrates a passion for engaging students through active learning strategies to help them master the core concepts of anatomy and physiology. The award was established in memory of Gail W. Jenkins, a celebrated member of the anatomy and physiology community, who passed away in 2016.
“HAPS is delighted to present the first Gail Jenkins Award to Richelle Monaghan,” said Don Kelly, co-chair of the HAPS grants and scholarships committee. “Richelle’s application demonstrated her passion for applying simple tools and techniques to difficult concepts, as well as her commitment to student success.”
Jenkins is described as a dynamic and engaging instructor of anatomy and physiology who loved teaching and excelled at making difficult concepts clear to her students. Jenkins employed everyday analogies and simple visual props to help students build their knowledge and understand complex ideas.
“It is an honour to have been selected by HAPS for this award,” said Monaghan, who is also head of science programming in Laurier’s public health program. “When I read about Gail, I immediately connected with the instructor she must have been. Teaching anatomy and physiology is energizing because I enjoy developing creative ways to assist students with mastering complex concepts.”
Monaghan, who has been at Laurier since 2012, received Laurier’s 2017 Award for Teaching Excellence in the category of early career excellence. She was recognized for her ability to develop dynamic, engaging learning experiences for her students. Monaghan was also a leader in establishing the science program at Laurier Brantford and setting up the William Nikolaus Martin Chemistry and Biology labs.
Monaghan received the Gail Jenkins Teaching and Mentoring Award at the HAPS annual conference general meeting in Salt Lake City on May 26, where she also presented a workshop for attendees.
She will be recognized by the university at a reception June 28 from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. at RCW 111 on Laurier’s Brantford campus. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by June 21.
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