Diane Pacom (2004)

pacomAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Ottawa/Université d’Ottawa, Sociology and Anthropology.

Citation: “What stays with you from Diane’s courses is that she has given you an exceptional experience that challenged what you thought you knew and it still affects you today, because she has opened a door that defies time.”

“Her teaching and her presence are at the top of my list of ‘keepers.'” When I think of Diane and the impact she had on my life, a famous phrase of Henry Adams comes to mind: ‘a teacher affects infinity – one can never know where her effect will stop.'”

These few quotes attest to the outstanding qualities of Diane Pacom as a teacher, as does the Capital Educators Award, which she received in 2002. A true leader in teaching, Diane Pacom, an outstanding researcher in sociology, decided to create a precedent and was named full professor on the basis of her excellence in teaching. Appearing regularly in the media, Diane Pacom is a matchless teacher and speaker for audiences of all kinds. That was why in 2003 she was the recipient of the first annual Rector’s Award for Service to the University through Media and Community Relations.