Lorne Adams (2004)

adamsAffiliation at the time of the award: Brock University, Kinesiology.

Citation: A student enrolled in one of Lorne Adams’ classes is immediately presented with a copy of his “human rights code for the classroom” and his “bill of rights for group work.” These documents signal two of the many ways that Lorne puts his principles of student empowerment and engaged pedagogy into practice in Brock’s Department of Physical Education and Kinesiology. A professor who runs marathons, competes in triathlons, and plays on several “old-timer” hockey teams, Lorne provides a model for his students of an active life, and his energy, compassion, and dedication to learning have earned him both the Brock and the OCUFA awards for teaching.

He is also a model for his colleagues: an educational leader both on campus and beyond, he has more than three dozen publications and presentations on teaching and learning, including work on coping with difficult students, on collaborative learning, and on technology. His name has become synonymous with T.A. mentoring at Brock, and through his dossier, one finds recurring words such as “rights”, “respect”, “feelings”, and “reflection”, which acknowledge and celebrate the person behind the registration number. Inspired by bell hooks and Paulo Friere, “Lorne has woven this rare thread of compassionate, wholly committed empowerment into his classroom teaching practice.”