Stephen Brown (1997)

brownAffiliation at the time of the award: Trent University, English Literature.

Citation: What distinguishes Stephen Brown from most teachers is his determination to make students see how and why literature matters to them as individuals. To that end, he continually experiments and is creative in his approach to teaching. He has developed seven new courses in the department, sparked a demand for 18th Century literature courses, and created a community-based children’s literature course with emphasis on applied learning. In 1993, he was awarded the T.H.B. Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching at Trent University. No wonder students “adjust their program specifically to make room for Stephen’s classes.” His ongoing concern for the welfare of students means students seek out his assistance, and then refer other students to him as well. Among students, he is known as a person who cares and who can and does actually help.

As Master of Champlain College, Stephen Brown undertook as his mandate to make the College a centre for educational enhancement. He demonstrates remarkable initiative, energy and imagination in bringing a diverse range of non-academic as well as academic visitors to Trent. Under his direction, Trent students have been able to meet and learn from Canada’s leading politicians, writers and artists, bringing enrichment and excitement to the curriculum. In 1995, he developed the Rooke Fellowship for Applied Teaching to acknowledge outstanding examples of teaching in the humanities outside the traditional classroom. The first two Rooke Fellows, Stuart McLean and Michael Ondaatje, led public seminars on creativity in teaching and the importance of teaching in their lives and to their notions of citizenship. He has also succeeded in strengthening links between the university, the local community college and many of Peterborough’s community groups and local educational institutions through non-credit courses based in his College. In his capacity as a member of Trent’s Committee on Educational Development in 1993, he organized a two-day gathering of the Peterborough community, all of whom were involved in various kinds of teaching activities and subsequently has organized a series of seminars and workshops bringing award winning primary and high school teachers to demonstrate classroom techniques at Trent.

3M Speaker
I am a professor of English with international awards for research in the history of media, print and publishing. As a teacher I specialize in how to teach drama effectively within classrooms. Further, with regards to teaching, I have been responsible for developing ways of using practical and applied experiences for credit, an innovation of increasing importance. I also have ongoing close associations with several Scottish universities, as well as the National Library of Scotland, and I am fully versed on contemporary and historical issues related to Scotland.

swbrown@trentu.ca