Shane O’Dea (2002)

odeaAffiliation at the time of the award: Memorial University, English.

Citation: Shane is a master teacher recognized for his craft, for his deep commitment to help students learn and for his extraordinary service to the community. Shane’s former students as well as many parents provide unsolicited thanks for his abilities to foster learning, understanding and confidence.

One student wrote: “One of the most salient lessons from this academic experience is one that your example taught me: that scholarly integrity is immeasurably enhanced by a human touch. And although I was frequently exasperating and occasionally bordering on the hysterical. . . your willingness to bet that there was something to work with underneath, made me believe it too.”

Shane has been the recipient of several teaching awards including the Canadian Professor of the Year awarded in 1988. In addition, Shane has been at the forefront with his educational leadership activities having been involved in numerous committees, workshops and panels. He has mentored new faculty and consulted with peers embracing them with his infectious joy of teaching. According to Shane’s VP Academic, “words of eloquence flow regularly in Professor O’Dea’s role as the official University Orator. . . his introductions leave all of our graduating students something to remember and an example of teaching and learning to try and emulate.”

In his dedication to the community, Shane has served on countless boards and associations and was recognized for his efforts in preserving heritage architecture with the Lieutenant Governor’s Award in 1990. As one writer has stated, “. . .if time is money, Shane O’Dea has made a princely, voluntary contribution to his community.”