Professor Marina Pavlović has been awarded two prestigious University of Ottawa teaching awards, recognizing her leadership in innovative course and curriculum design, and her ability to engage students through problem-based, experiential learning strategies based on real-life practical problems.
Professor Pavlović is the sole recipient of the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa’s (APUO) Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2018-2019, and one of six recipients of the University of Ottawa’s 2018-2019 Excellence in Education Prizes.
Professor Pavlović is a leading Canadian scholar on consumer protection and access to justice. Her active involvement with current legal issues means that her students benefit from an educator who tailors her lessons to directly address not only the knowledge but also the skills students will need to succeed as lawyers. Her lessons merge doctrinal content with professional competencies and skills students can transfer immediately to their future careers. She tirelessly dedicates herself to improving the student experience and she consistently tests new ways of delivering knowledge.
The APUO Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes one professor each year for outstanding contributions to university teaching, placing specific emphasis on innovation in teaching and educational leadership. The award carries with it an honorarium of $5,000, contributed in equal shares by the University of Ottawa and the APUO.
uOttawa’s annual Excellence in Education Prizes recognize “educators of exceptional quality, driven by their passion to advance and share knowledge. These leaders in university education are outstanding in the classroom, in the laboratory and in the field and have been recognized by students and peers alike.” As part of the prize, Professor Pavlović receives $10,000 to be put towards developing innovative teaching practices. Specifically, she will use the funding to add an experiential learning component to her 2020-2021 Legal Knowledge Engineering course, providing students with new tools to allow them to design legal expert system apps that will facilitate access to legal information and, by extension, access to justice for the general public.
Both awards will be presented at a special celebration of excellence in education and research in the fall.
Congratulations to Professor Pavlović!