Robert H. Cockburn
Professor Emeritus in English
Encaenia Ceremony B: May 20, 2004
Robert H. Cockburn can look back on his 36 years of teaching English at the University of New Brunswick with the knowledge that he taught outside the box.
In addition to teaching courses in Canadian and American literature, Prof. Cockburn moved to non-traditional offerings in the latter part of his career. He extended the department's curriculum by developing highly popular courses such as Literature of the Outdoors, Travel Literature, Sports and Literature, and the Literature of Fear and Suspense.
Prof. Cockburn was an outstanding instructor who inspired his students to strive for excellence. He was always passionate about his material and sought to cultivate in his students a regard for language as it is used by others and themselves.
In addition to teaching, Prof. Cockburn chaired the department of English for 10 years and served on numerous committees. Especially noteworthy was his 31-year tenure as coach of the University Rugby Football Club, a responsibility he took on on a voluntary basis, and which allowed him to supervise over 1,000 students between 1968 and 1999.
Prof. Cockburn has an impressive record of scholarly achievement, including poems published in 22 journals and six anthologies.