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Date: November 08, 2004

UVic Poet wins highest faculty honour

Writing professor Lorna Crozier is UVic’s most recent recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award, the university’s highest academic honour. The five-year professorship is bestowed on a faculty member who has achieved distinction in teaching and scholarly research and has made substantial contributions to the university and the wider community. Each recipient receives a salary stipend and annual research allowance.
“Lorna is an outstanding teacher with a well-established international reputation in research excellence and innovation,” says Dr. Giles Hogya, dean of fine arts. “This award is a natural progression of Lorna’s excellence within the academic community and we salute her.”
Crozier, a native of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, earned a BA in English and psychology from the University of Saskatchewan and an MA from the University of Alberta. She started her career teaching high school English. She began to write while teaching and “trying to instill the love of language in students.”
“I felt the need to find a voice on paper,” she says. “I was lucky that mentors showed up in my life at the right time. They taught me things I need to know and gave me a great deal of encouragement.”
Crozier joined UVic in 1991 and currently serves as chair of the writing department. She continues to make significant contributions to the university and wider communities. Crozier also travels globally, presenting workshops and reading her poetry. Her work, read and loved around the world, has been translated into a number of languages and garnered many awards. For her contributions to Canadian literature, Crozier recently received an honorary degree from the University of Regina.
No more than three per cent of UVic regular faculty members can hold Distinguished Professorships at any time, and the positions will be distributed among all faculties at the university.

Media contacts:
Lorna Crozier (Writing) at (250) 652-3956 or (250) 721-7306
Lynda Hills (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6249 or ucom1@uvic.ca

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