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An engaging teaching style that encourages students to take their studies beyond the classroom has earned a Salmon Arm professor Okanagan College’s Teaching Excellence Award.
Dr. Melissa Munn, who teaches in the Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies departments at both the Salmon Arm and Vernon campuses, received the award at the College’s Employee Excellence Awards presentation held recently at the Kelowna campus.
Okanagan College established these awards to recognize the many outstanding contributions employees of all kinds make to the development of both the College and the greater community. The awards are to be handed out annually for a wide-range of achievements including innovation, scholarly activity, and service excellence.
Munn’s academic interest in prisoner release resulted in her developing the Penal Press website where prison history is written and produced by prisoners. Students assist in digitizing the material and earn publication credits. Students are also encouraged to take part in community projects, most recently the Living Wage Campaign.
“The teaching excellence at Okanagan College, combined with strong ties to the local community, is what makes a difference for students in Salmon Arm,” said Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton.
Munn, who is an internationally published researcher, has also been known to incorporate popular culture into the classroom. She delivers her Crime and Society course around an entire season of the TV show The Wire.
She was just one of many employees honoured with an Employee Excellence Award.
Okanagan School of Business Professor Dr. Kyleen Myrah, who founded and continues to mentor students involved in the College-wide SIFE Okanagan program, received the President’s Award.