Diana Cooper-Clark (2000)

clarkAffiliation at the time of the award: York University, English.

Citation: Diana Cooper Clark’s pedagogical initiatives and passion for teaching and learning span 31 years. She is a superb, energetic teacher who lectures with style and verve. She is humorous and confident and inspires students to challenge themselves to achieve. Diana has taught over 150 courses in English and Humanities in both Faculty of Arts and Atkinson College, as well as in the Centre for Academic Writing. Her courses included large lectures, seminars, and even one-on one tutoring. The Career Days she initiated for students in the English Department have been a great success in highlighting for students and faculty the importance of the study of English. She has won several teaching awards including the Humanities Teaching Award, the York University-Wide Teaching Award for Contract Faculty, and the CASE Canadian Professor of the Year Award.

As Chair of the English Department at Atkinson College, she has revised the curriculum, assisted in its transformation into the School of Arts and Letters, has initiated a major student/faculty exchange between York and the University of Cassino, Italy, and is leading faculty in the development of distance and Internet teaching. She is devoted to junior, contract faculty and teaching assistants and offers on-going assistance and mentoring by offering practical, intellectual, and emotional support. She generously shares her knowledge and experience and routinely makes herself available for consultation.

Diana has also worked for the Centre for Support Teaching. She has served on the Centre’s Advisory Board, assisted with the Centre’s Panel on the Teaching Professional, served on the selection committee for Graduate Teaching Associates, and has been a consultant for the Centre in several capacities. She was a member of the Teaching Committee in the Division of Humanities from 1992, and Chaired the Committee in 1993-1994. She provides countless workshops and seminars on undergraduate teaching for York’s Colleges, and offers assistance to many of her colleagues, advising them on pedagogical and professional issues alike. Outside the University, she works with the Toronto and North York Boards of Education, lectures and provides direction for community reading groups affiliated with the National Council of Jewish Women, and has influenced pedagogy across the United States and Canada, as well as abroad. She has published two books and a range of articles. She is a frequent presenter at conferences, has given a number of invited lectures, and offers workshops to colleagues.