Mount Allison commerce professor awarded 3M National Teaching Fellowship

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – Rosemary Polegato in Mount Allison University’s Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies has received a 2014 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Only 10 Fellowships are awarded each year, making this Canada’s highest recognition of teaching excellence.

Polegato, who has previously received Mount Allison’s J.E.A. Crake Teaching Award and the Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teaching Award, joins the 3M Fellowship as an exceptional, innovative teacher and an educational leader. She has created courses in sustainable marketing, arts and culture management, and arts and culture marketing, which marry business studies with arts and culture, and explore the intersections between consumers and the environment. She has built vibrant relationships with the local and regional Arts community to benefit her students, creating internships and experiential learning opportunities that encourage self-responsibility for learning.

For four years, her students have organized popular and much-lauded events to celebrate Culture Days (New Brunswick), which have received national recognition and have been hailed as “an inspiration and shining example of how the university and community can collaborate.”

Polegato explains her approach to teaching in this way: “Students in my courses are encouraged to look through their own eyes, to look inwards and outwards, to appreciate the inspirational resources which surround them, to connect with and value interdisciplinary and cross-cultural communities, and to take responsibility for expressing their unique interests and talent within the context of courses.”

Karen Grant, Mount Allison provost and vice-president academic and research, says, “We are delighted at the news of another 3M National Teaching Fellow at Mount Allison University. With her creative course and class projects, Rosemary Polegato opens doors for her students, encouraging them to make connections with the community and across disciplines. Her dedication is typical of the teaching excellence which distinguishes Mount Allison University.”

Polegato is the seventh Mount Allison professor to receive this national award, giving the Uuniversity a remarkable record in the Maritimes. Previous Mount Allison 3M Teaching Fellows include Colin Laroque, geography and environment; Elizabeth Wells, Music; Robert Lapp, English; Robert Summerby-Murray, geography and environment; Bob Hawkes, physics and astronomy; and Alex Fancy; modern languages and drama.

Organizations: Mount Allison University

Geographic location: Canada, New Brunswick

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