Professor Paul Lovejoy wins the Faculty of Graduate Studies Teaching Award

Professor Paul Lovejoy wins the Faculty of Graduate Studies Teaching Award

Dr. Paul Lovejoy receiving the award

Professor Paul E. Lovejoy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Distinguished Research Professor at York University, Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History, and Director of the Harriet Tubman Institute, has had a long and distinguished career in research, service and teaching. He has had a profound impact on many students at York University and abroad. His scholarship, impressive awards, creative innovations, mentoring, teaching, and the work he does through the Harriet Tubman Institute make him a significant asset to York’s Graduate History Program. His nomination to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Teaching Award was totally driven by current and former students with faculty support.

Lovejoy has contributed with the training of Graduate students in African History and African Diaspora for years. Given his group tireless efforts, the African History and African Diaspora fields at York University have attracted great number of graduate students, exchange students, Post-doctoral fellows and scholars from Africa, the Caribbean, and North and Latin America. The result of his commitment in training students is that the History Department has had great success in placing students from the fields of African History and African Diaspora in the academic job market in universities across Canada, the United States and Latin America.

“Receiving the Faculty of Graduate Studies Teaching Award is the highest honour that I have received in my career (...) To have had the opportunity to have interacted with each of my students has been its own award”, said Prof. Lovejoy.

The letters from students make clear that Prof. Lovejoy has made a profound impact on their scholarly, professional and personal lives. Students referred to him as “a supportive teacher, a generous mentor, and a tireless supervisor”. One student explains that “Prof. Lovejoy not only taught me African history and African Diaspora, but also guided me in the academic world, showed me the importance of being attentive to my peers and students, and the importance of collaborative work”. Other student said “I hope one day to make justice to him and be a generous scholar as he has always been to his students”.

Prof. Lovejoy received the FGS Teaching Award at the March 1st meeting of FGS Council (Senate Chamber, 3:00 p.m.).
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