Shannon Murray (2001)

murrayAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Prince Edward Island, English.

Citation: Shannon Murray’s teaching focuses on Shakespeare, Children’s Literature, Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature as well as introductory composition, drama and poetry. She is an innovator who is prepared to take risks in implementing new, carefully considered ideas and sharing the results of these efforts by way of a learning community program called First Year Advantage which is designed to help students succeed in their transition year.

Shannon’s infectious enthusiasm for teaching is grounded in an academic rigour which has deeply affected the lives of many of her students. Her manifold talents in instilling a love for learning English literature have elicited extraordinary praise from her students. In 1997 Shannon was recognized by UPEI with its most prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is not only based on independently gathered material and peer review but also on classroom observation.

Shannon has also been very active in a variety of workshops on teaching and learning within UPEI and in learned societies including the STLHE. Her publication “Random Acts of Poetry” appeared in the Proceedings of the Atlantic Universities’ Teaching Showcase in 1997.