John Young (1990)

youngAffiliation at the time of the award: Saint Mary’s University, Chemistry.

Citation: John Clilberd O’Connor Young was born in London, England. He is a Canadian citizen and is married to Nicola Mae Young, a Professor of Accounting, and has five children.

Following undergraduate and graduate studies in chemical engineering at London University’s Imperial College of Science and Technology and business administration studies at New York University, and fifteen years of industrial research experience with petroleum and chemical companies, Dr. Young joined the Science Faculty of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he became a full professor of physical chemistry before, and a professor emeritus upon, his retirement in 1995.

Prior to his retirement, John was a member of the Board of Governors of Saint Mary’s University and of the Board’s Executive Committee. He served as Acting Vice-President, Academic and Research, in 1990-91, as Acting Dean of Science on several occasions, and as a member of numerous Presidential and Senate Committees. John used all of these roles as opportunities to promote the importance of teaching at his university. He initiated the University’s Student Peer Counselling Program, was a founding member of the Senate’s Quality of Teaching Committee, has given numerous public and media talks on education-related topics, and has been an active participant in conferences and workshops on teaching methods, learning patterns and behaviors, computer-aided education, peer counselling and the problems encountered by first year students. He has conducted several university-sponsored speaking tours in which he addressed such topics as “Undergraduate Research: Why and How”, “Problem-Solving in Practice”, “Scholarship Reconsidered: Enlarging the Perspective” and “The Art of Scientific Investigation”.

Teaching Awards:
John’s abilities as a teacher were first formally recognized when he was awarded his university’s Stewart Medal for Teaching Excellence. Subsequently, he was made an Honorary Alumnus of Saint Mary’s University by its Alumni Association and received the “Golden M” award of the university’s Student Association for services to students. He received the inaugural Instructional Leadership Award of the Association of Atlantic Universities, and the Atlantic Provinces Council on the Sciences (APICS)/Northern Telecom Science Teaching Award. John is 3M National Teaching Fellow and, upon his retirement in 1995, he was made a Professor Emeritus, received the President’s Annual Award for Excellence in Research and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (London) for “exceptional services to higher education”. The subject of his MBA thesis was “The Nature and Nurture of Scientific Creativity”, in which he explored the idea that one could deliberately learn and be taught to be more creative, a theme which he pursued throughout his teaching career with both his students and his colleagues. For this work, he was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the US National Honor Society of Business Administration.