The Professor of the Year award was given annually to a professor in the Faculty of Arts who had best exemplified outstanding teaching, outstanding research (appropriate to his or her rank) and who had an exemplary record of service. The award was given from 2001 to 2012.
The Professor of the Year Award is given annually to a professor in the Faculty of Arts who best exemplifies outstanding teaching, research and service. This year’s award winner, Dr. Lorna Jackobson, excels in all three areas. Her graduate and undergraduate students describe Dr. Jakobson’s teaching style as animated and enthusiastic, compassionate, involved and supportive. She is described by one student as a professor who challenges students to “think critically, to think outside the box, to think beyond the now, and to take risks”. Her colleagues in the department have also noted her contribution to teaching with the 2005 Department of Psychology Teaching Award. Dr. Jakobson is also recognized as a prolific and internationally renowned researcher in the area of pediatric neuropsychology, human cognition, and the development of visual motor processing. Her research addresses issues related to the development of perceptual, motor and cognitive capacities of children. She has received dozens of research grants, including several awards from NSERC and CIHR. The University recognized her research contributions with the 2001 Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in the Natural Sciences. While she has published in dozens of major international journals, she makes an effort to make her research accessible to the public by participating and volunteering with several organizations including Manitoba Families for Effective Autism Treatment, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. In 2002, she was awarded the University of Manitoba Outreach Award in recognition of her dedication to service. Dr. Jakobson is a rare professor who shines in teaching, research and service in equal measure.