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Simon Magennis, Assistant Professor, Bissett School of Business, winner of CAEF Teaching Award

The Bissett School of Business  would like to congratulate our own Simon Magennis, Associate Professor, Accounting and Finance, for being nominated for this year’s CAEF Teaching Award (Chartered Accountant Education Foundation).

This reward selection process was spearheaded by Bissett Accounting Student’s Association (BASS). As in prior year’s, the selection process was based on the following criteria:

◘ Innovative improvements in course content, paper or web-based course materials,    cases or project work, or other significant course development.

◘Consistently superior performance and command of the subject matter.

◘ Attention to students’ intellectual development, interest and enthusiasm for learning.

◘ Presentation of course content and examinations at an appropriate level of rigor.

◘ Excellent course planning, organization, communication or administration.

In their selection of Simon Magennis as this year’s nominee, the selection committee found that Simon:

“clearly went above and beyond, building rapport and trust with students enough for them to share their struggles and allow Simon to help them in and outside of the classroom. Many respondents cited Simon’s ability to keep the classroom alive, to utilize real-world examples, and his availability outside of classroom or even regular office hours. However, what truly set Simon apart were a few responses that cited his ability to build rapport and trust with students to help them discover learning disabilities and truly impact their learning development. He was able to aid in these students in identifying a disability, getting tested for it, and accessing resources in order to truly excel. He didn’t stop there, but continued to challenge these students in a kind and caring way; so much that one claimed to have raised their grades from a C+ average to being on the Dean’s Honor Role. Another was subsequently encouraged by Simon to participate in a BASS Case Competition and actually won first place. Other students said that Simon would genuinely take interest in their learning and treat them like people, sharing invaluable tips for general learning and tips specific to accounting.”

Simon will be presented with the CAEF Teaching Award  at this year’s CPA Alberta Conference for Academics to be held at the Holiday Inn, Red Deer, AB. on May 6, 2016.

Congratulations Simon!

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