Kimberly Brooks (2010)

Kim-BrooksAffiliation at the time of the award: McGill University, Tax Law.

Citation: According to her students, Kim is “inventive, cheerful, exuberant, witty and most of all caring; an undeniable treasure; a jewel.” A great role model, Kim has earned awards for teaching excellence at Queen’s, UBC, and now McGill, which has also bestowed on her the prestigious Chair in Tax Law for her scholarship.

In the words of her Provost, Kim has “transformed the discipline in Canada and generated unprecedented enthusiasm in her students”.

Renovating a notoriously unforgiving subject, tax, dry by any account, Kim has taken a leading role in defining interdisciplinary teaching. Kim’s interdisciplinary interests found a natural home in the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, which she helped to establish. Kim has also convened student research conferences within her faculty, created a space for queer theory in the curriculum, and led seminars on feminist theory to audiences across Canada.

Not surprisingly, teaching is a calling Kim loves. She has embraced technology to promote active learning, used creative assessments, and even engaged students until the early hours of the morning to generate critical thoughts on the federal budget, thereby reaching a wider community. Her Dean remarks, “Kim’s commitment to developing research and scholarship on pedagogy well beyond the boundaries of her discipline marks her achievements.”

3M Speaker
Discipline of Study / Research Field: Law

Presentation Topic/s: Happy to present to topics related to engaging students in the classroom.