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Odette celebrates teaching excellence as part of UWindsor 50th anniversary event

110 years of teaching excellence

Three retiring members of the Odette faculty, who collectively represent 110 years of teaching, were honoured on Saturday September 21st at the official opening of the new south wing of the Odette School of Business. The three professors are:  Tony Faria, marketing professor and Director of the Office of Automotive and Vehicle Research (OAVR), Andrew Templer, professor of Human Resources and Jack Freeman, accounting professor.

Dr. Tony FariaEach of the retiring faculty members was introduced by a former student.  Professor Pete Mateja highlighted his personal and professional relationship with Tony Faria. “Tony is a personal friend to me and my family and he has been the voice of Odette on automotive matters in the media,” Mateja said. “He has made Odette a better place to learn.”

Professor Faria told the audience that although he was retiring, he was grateful for the opportunity to continue his automotive research through the OAVR

Dr. Jack FreemanIn his introduction of Jack Freeman, Professor Jim Stevens, a student of Professor Freeman’s in his B.Comm. studies, said that Jack was extremely demanding, which reflected his personal integrity, but he would go out of his way to help students who were doing the work.  “He wanted students to learn not only accounting, but to learn about how to be successful in the world.”  Professor Freeman responded by saying “In accounting there’s a principle called substance over form.  It’s important in the world to look at the substance rather than just the form.”  He called his 47 year teaching career “a wonderful experience.”

Dr. Andrew TemplerJody Merritt, who also pursued and completed a PhD, is a former student and currently a sessional teacher at Odette. Dr. Merritt said that she was very influenced by her first class from Professor Templer and how he established such an open climate in his classroom.  “He was welcoming and he brought the material alive.” she said.  “He has been a role model for me in my teaching.”  Professor Templer was unable to attend the event for health reasons. 

Allan Conway, dean of the Odette School of Business, announced three scholarships would be established in recognition of each of the retiring professors.  The scholarships will go to students in the marketing, accounting and human resources concentrations who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership among their peers.

Dr. Alan Wildeman, president of the University, told the assembled students, faculty and alumni that they were the reason why Odette is hardwired throughout the university and why it is the strongest cord running through the university.  He thanked Dean Conway for the emphasis he has placed on students and the leadership he has provided to the business school and the university.