Drs. Emin Civi and Christopher Gray are the 2011 recipients of the Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of New Brunswick.  Both are from the Saint John campus. They will be recognized at the 29th Convocation in Saint John on Friday, Oct. 21, at 4:30 p.m. at the Imperial Theatre. 

Dr. Civi is an associate professor in the faculty of business and Dr. Gray is an associate professor in the faculty of science, applied science and engineering.  

In a world where ‘engagement’ has become a popular catch phrase, Dr. Civi truly lives the definition.  Whether he is supervising graduate students, sitting on the Curriculum Committee or acting as a coach to UNB Saint John’s competitive case marketing teams, he is always willing to help his students and coworkers.

“Emin is completely dedicated to seeing his students succeed,” said Dr. Regena Farnsworth, UNB Saint John’s dean of the faculty of business.  “He has high expectations of his students, but he works hard to provide them with the tools they need to prosper in an ever-changing and complex business environment.”

Dr. Gray’s enthusiastic teaching continually evolves as he uses innovative materials and methods to provide his students with new information.  He is not afraid to let students know he is learning along with them and finds that their curiosity stimulates his own.

“Chris is a creative and involved teacher who motivates his students to achieve their very best,” said Dr. Ruth Shaw, UNB Saint John’s dean of the faculty of science, applied science and engineering. “His active and prolific Natural Products Research Group boasts a growing number of Honors and Masters students that are a direct result of his ability to reach and excite students about the possibilities that exist beyond the classroom.”

The Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes outstanding teaching on the basis of nominations from students and faculty members at UNB.  The award is named in honour of Allan Stuart, a respected professor of chemistry from 1946 to 1973 and one of the first recipients of an excellence in teaching award at the university.