Prof. Alan Galey MISC Outstanding Instructor

The Master of Information Student Council (MISC) last year introduced the MISC Outstanding Instructor Award, designed to recognize the Faculty of Information’s exceptional course instructors.

This year, they will honour Associate Professor Alan Galey as its second recipient, citing students’ appreciation for his involvement with the iSchool community.

"Prof. Galey is an excellent representative of the teaching quality of the Faculty. His courses in Research Methods, the Future of the Book, and in the collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture are highly engaging, and even better, open to student dialogue,” said Hannah Loshak, MI Candidate, who took one of his courses. “He is an enthusiastic and conscientious instructor who is available to his students, and always provides insightful feedback on student research."

Representatives of MISC will present Professor Galey with a framed certificate at the iSchool's Convocation Reception on June 12.

"The capstone to a satisfying teaching year was the honour of being awarded the Master of Information Student Council’s Outstanding Instructor Award for the year. This is the first teaching award I’ve ever received, and even to be nominated among such a great group of iSchool teachers was both exciting and humbling," Prof. Galey says.

Laura DeVouge, Secretary of MISC, says this year’s executive felt it was important to continue this initiative, established last year. “I think that it's important for the student body to recognize the instructors who have had a positive impact on our education here at the iSchool. MISC is very happy to offer this award for the second year to continue honouring those who stand out."

Students submitted nominations for their favourite instructors, and then voted online in early April for the winner. In all, a quarter of our professors and instructors were nominated, representing research from data, to information policy, to communications practices.

"We are elated students have taken it upon themselves to honour an outstanding Professor here at the iSchool. From my perspective iSchool Faculty are all outstanding teachers, but singling out one each year speaks volumes about student appreciation for quality teaching," said Dean Seamus Ross.

On the heels of his recent tenure, Dr. Galey taught his first undergraduate course this year (Knowledge Media Design: Contexts and Practices), and began supervising his first two PhD students. In July, he will take a one-year sabbatical to work on his second book, tentatively titled The Veil of Code. This book will expand upon the exploratory work of his article, “The Enkindling Reciter: E-Books in the Bibliographic Imagination” (published recently in Book History and awarded the 2013 Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize). His course syllabi can be found on his research and teaching page.

Congratulations Professor Galey, and to all of our inspiring instructors who were nominated.

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