Faculty awards

Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching

Jessica Webster of the faculty of nursing will receive the Allan P. Stuart Award for Excellence in Teaching at UNB’s 64th Convocation.

Ms. Webster is a senior nursing instructor. Her passion for nursing inspired her to become a teacher, and in 2008, she joined UNB as a nurse clinician – primarily teaching in the clinical setting. In 2015, Ms. Webster took on the role of leading classroom courses as well.

As a teacher, Ms. Webster strives to model both professionalism and approachability with students in all of her interactions. She endeavours to cultivate genuine connections with each student and colleague she meets.

To engage students in learning, Ms. Webster uses several teaching strategies including instant-feedback technology, multimedia platforms and learning management systems. She provides vivid examples from her clinical practice as a perinatal nurse, using case scenarios to help students understand the information through application in a nursing context.

In addition to Ms. Webster’s work in the classroom, for the past four years, she and UNB’s Global Learning and Engagement Coordinator Veronica McGinn have supported and supervised students on a 90-day international internship in Malawi.

The Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes outstanding teaching on the basis of nominations from students and faculty members at UNB. It is named in honour of Allan Stuart, a respected professor of chemistry from 1946 to 1973 and one of the first recipients of an excellence in teaching award at the university.

University of New Brunswick Award for Excellence in Research

Gary Waite of the faculty of arts will received the inaugural University of New Brunswick Award for Excellence in Research at UNB’s 64th Convocation.

Dr. Waite joined the History Department at the University of New Brunswick in 1987. In the three decades since then he has established an exceptional record as a research scholar.

A historian of early-modern European religion and culture, Dr. Waite is one of the world’s foremost experts on the Protestant Reformation. His interests lie particularly in the more radical developments of the Reformation, including Anabaptism, spiritualism, demonology, magic and witchcraft. His research is well known for illuminating unexpected connections between historical developments generally understood in isolation in previous scholarship.

Dr. Waite is an exceptional researcher, and has produced seven books, 33 scholarly articles, 25 book chapters, 44 book reviews, 57 conference presentations, and 10 invited papers and seminars. His newest, and eighth, book—Jews and Muslims in Seventeenth-Century Discourse: From Religious Enemies to Allies and Friends—will be available in October 2018.

Dr. Waite is currently engaged in groundbreaking work in an entirely new field. He has assembled a team of five international scholars to search for the early roots of the Enlightenment in the history of religious non-conformity and conflict in the Dutch Republic and England during the 17th century. This major research project promises to significantly advance understanding of the Enlightenment by revealing the complex religious origins of an intellectual movement commonly understood to be secular.

This is a scholar whose productivity, originality and insight are well known among his peers, both in North America and around the world. He has not only influenced scholarly understandings of early modern Europe, he has shaped the field in important ways. The stature of his work has won him various recognitions from the university in the past.

This award is a fitting tribute to a remarkable scholar at the pinnacle of his career, and to an extraordinarily dedicated and talented academic leader.

The UNB Award for Excellence in Research has been initiated by a gift from Dr. Friedrich (Fritz) Grein, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, and is intended to honour faculty who are representative of outstanding research, scholarly, or creative achievements at the University of New Brunswick. The University of New Brunswick Award for Excellence in Research promotes and celebrates an environment that supports intellectual inquiry and discovery.